Hurt With God, Not Without Him

Psalm 13 – How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?  How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?  Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.  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.

Now we come to an end.  After David got out what was inside, he felt comfortable in the arms of God because he knows that God will care for these things, and work out all the things that are concerning him, crushing him, and captivating his heart at the present moment.  That’s what happened in Psalm 13, and that’s what’ll happen to you to if you go to God when you hurt.

Earlier I said that the purpose of Psalm 13 is to teach us to bring our pain, our confusion, and our sorrow to God, because He cares and can do something about it!  Psalm 13 gives us words, to give us vocabulary to say to God when the dark times don’t end or don’t get better!  When we hurt, we must hurt with God, rather than without Him.

So you see, I have to ask you a question now.  Are you hurting?  Have you cracked?  Are you under the ocean floor right now, feeling the weight of all the seas of the world pressing down on you?  Well, if that is you now, good.  If that’s not you, it’s coming.  Were not promised prosperity or a pain free life, Jesus Himself said in John 16:33, “I have spoken these things to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”  We will have trouble in this world, so will you, trusting that Jesus has overcome the world, overcome the world with Him by having faith in Him?

When you place your faith in Jesus having looked at the cross, treasuring it above all things because by it you now have God, you will overcome the world.  BUT, just because you’ve overcome the world because of Jesus, pain still comes – and when it comes, will you use the words that God has given you to do your hurting with God rather than without Him?

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