I’m on this journey through the Psalms, and I have to admit…at times I feel like I need to watch a funny movie when I finish just to pull me up out of the depths of the melancholy moaning of David. I’m just kidding, but in all seriousness I do believe we as humans can sometimes get lost in a melancholy stupor and miss what God is actually trying to do or say.
As we study the book of Psalms, we get a rather deep look into the heart and feelings of the one man deemed “a man after God’s own heart.” There should be something we can learn here and I believe there is, if you look hard enough! David faced some incredible challenges and awful circumstances and chose to bear his raw emotions in song. He was often isolated, rejected, estranged from his family and friends, hated, scared for his life, in financial distress, homeless and much, much more. I am sure, on numerous occasions, he questioned his calling and his purpose and wondered if the prophet Samuel was off his rocker!
I am not one to wallow in self-pity. In fact, if you know myself or my husband…you would know we have a certain amount of compassion but it is always followed by a “shake it off and move on” challenge. I know this may frustrate some people, but I just feel that there is to much to do with our lives, so much left to accomplish for the kingdom of God than to sit around and pat one another on the back as we talk about all our issues. I Corinthians 3:17 “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! ” God promises us freedom from everything that weighs us down or holds us back when we are filled with His spirit and I believe the word of God to be living and active…so it must be true!
When I read the book of Psalms, I start to get beat down by the melancholy moaning of David. With that said, I can’t even imagine walking through much of what he experienced. I know many of you reading can relate with the hopeless desperate feelings that David so descriptively depicts throughout this book. I do notice a repetitive theme with David though. He is very open and vulnerable with all of his feelings and emotions but in almost every chapter he concludes with a declaration of his faith and trust in God. He believed that no matter what he faced, God would be mighty to save.
Psalms 13:5-6 “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
I truly believe that David did something right with his heart and attitude towards God. He was open and vulnerable in sharing his anger, sadness, desperation and pain but he always came back to who God was, what he promised He would do and thanked him for the great things he had already done.
It is easy to get lost in a sea of emotions. Each of us face challenges every day, some big and some small. Certain seasons of life present greater difficulties than others. I believe God wants us to be open and vulnerable with Him in sharing how we feel and evaluating where we are at. I also believe that we should “keep moving forward” and that comes from rehearsing our trust in God, His word and His promises. Life is hard sometimes, but we are OVERCOMERS in Christ Jesus! It’s great to surround ourselves with friends and leaders who can stand with us in our times of need and desperation, but let’s not get so caught up in our melancholy moaning that we forget the one who holds our future in His hands!