Commitment to Christ, Grief, Living through heartache, Walking by Faith

God and Your Emotions

October 4, 2013
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
 Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! Ps 27: 7 -9
Have you ever made demands of God? Most Christians look away when I ask that question. It sounds horrible to order the Almighty around, and most of us wouldn’t admit it if we did. Read that passage again. King David commanded God to listen and respond to his prayer. Let’s think about that.
David lived on this imperfect earth and experienced lots of frustrations. Imagine the difficulties of being a king. He had enemies that wanted to get rid of him. In verse two of Psalm 27, he commented that “…Evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh….”Later he spoke of a war instigated against him. That would terrify me.
Consider what he wrote. He told God to hear and answer his cry. Then he continued by reminding God about his obedience. Can’t you just hear him pray as he paces about his chamber? “Ok, Lord. You commanded me to call on you. I did, and I am. You haven’t replied, and I’m really tense.”
I can see him shaking his finger at God as he demanded, “Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!”
Perhaps he worried God might lose his temper with his strong language, yet he knew God was his only hope. Wicked folk spread vicious rumors about him and “…they breathe out violence…”
In the middle of David’s ordeal, he turned to God. He vented his emotion, all of them, even the angry ones. While doing that he used the command form in Hebrew. Yet in Acts 13:22 the Lord said, “’I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart…”
When you are hurting, or sad, or depressed, take all of it to the Lord. Dump your emotions before him, even the unpleasant ones. You can’t intimidate the God of the universe. He can handle anything you bring him, and he’s pleased when you approach him. Even in the middle of all that trouble David closed that Psalm with these words, “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

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