A Psalm for the hurting

Psalm 69

If you are hurting today, I want you to know that it’s okay.


Not that your situation is going to be okay. The reality is I don't know when that will happen for you. What I want you to know is that it is okay to have the feelings you are experiencing. And that doesn't change whether or not you are a Christian.


Belief and frustration, faith and anger, connection and loneliness. These are not mutually exclusive concepts.


Christians too often do a poor job of representing that to people in pain. We make you feel like you have to have it all together. We push you to jump to the happy ending, or to just have more faith.


I’m sorry.


When you are heartbroken, the last thing anyone should do is make you feel broken down. That is not the heart of God for you.


God says welcome.


Welcome as you are. Raw and bleeding. Sad and wondering.


Come to Him and express your heart.


Cry out in a blues song of anguish and longing and He will be Your audience.


If you cannot find your own, you can borrow some from Psalm 69.


Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.

-       Psalm 69:1-3


God wants to hear your honest cries. Come to Him. Come to His people. I hope we can welcome You the way I know He would.


I can promise I will try.


That was my reflection on Psalm 69. Link up with your own Psalm 69 post below. Read a few others, too, if you will. And come back next week with a post on Psalm 70.