In Chapter 6 (“The Blessing of Coming as We Are”) of Blessings, Laura Story relates that Psalm 13 is one of her favorite Bible passages because it reminds her that our holy and perfect God invites us to come as we are. King David was very honest as he came before the Lord with his feelings (v. 1- “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?”). Even though our finite minds can never comprehend God’s infinite plans, the brutal honesty exemplified by King David is the crucial first step toward healing and revisioning of our calling.
But the process cannot end there- it’s only the beginning. After expressing himself to God, David continues by stating what he knows- that our emotions can’t reign over our lives. We have to be grounded in God’s truth. Lastly, David chooses to sing. As Laura notes, we have the choice to sing or merely bring our complaints to God. Having a song in our hearts will carry us through the day. Leighton Ford wonderfully summarizes our situation:
“God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.”
Today’s question: What helps you to get beyond merely bringing your complaints to God to singing His praises? Please share your successes.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Losing our sense of God’s nearness”