PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• As we all know, there are seasons that we experience in life. Times of joy. Times of sadness. It’s easy to praise God in the good. Though to be honest, it also equally as easy to forget to praise Him in joyous times and try to take credit for the good.
But it’s often in our lowest, most painful, and saddest moments that we turn to God. Sometimes we lash out to Him in anger… Sometimes we turn to Him for comfort… And almost always, we ask Him the gut-wrenching question — “Why?”
As we experience the emotional tides of life, the Psalms are some of the greatest resources to express our emotions. In fact, of the 150 Psalms written, 59 (the majority) are Psalms of lament (there are seven categories—lament, praise, royal, wisdom, thanksgiving, hymn, and trust). And most of the Psalms of lament were written by David who was called “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).
In Psalm 30, David praised God for healing him, restoring life, and he expressed his gratitude. But he also wrote of the times when he was dismayed, his pleas for mercy, and his sorrow. Yet through these conflicting emotions, David wrote, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5b ESV).
We serve an almighty God who knows our tears (Psalm 56:8) and Who promises that one day, He will wipe away (Revelation 21:4). He promises an end to our hurts, our grief, our pain, and our sorrow. But it’s important to remember that this isn’t a promise to be fulfilled in this lifetime. Otherwise, this would be heaven. And we aren’t there yet. We live in a flawed, broken, and decaying world where tears are common.
But as David always turned his Psalms of lament to praise, so should we turn our heartaches to praise. We can trust that God is still in control even when things feel out of control.
Today, as you pray, thank God for a future eternity with Him that will not include tears of sorrow and grief. Ask the Holy Spirit to comfort you in challenging times. Thank Him for the gift of the Psalms that can help us express ourselves in times of joy and sorrow.