“Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?” ‒ Psalm 6:2-3 (NIV)
“You really need to stop being so vague… . You really say what’s on your mind” are sentences that David probably never heard from God. Like ever.
Far too many times I find myself praying the most generic, vanilla prayers in the history of words. “Thank you, God, for this day. And thank you for all Your blessings.” Nothing wrong with thanking God for His provision regardless of your circumstance. But every day with the same words? No matter what’s going on? It’s almost like I’m trying to trick God and convince Him that everything’s okay. “Nothing to see over here, God. I’m still a shiny Christian with no problems.” No matter what I’ve done (or not done), said (or not said), or what l’m facing—even if/when my soul is in deep anguish.
We can learn two things from David’s prayers. First, God wants us to be honest. He already knows what‘s going on anyway, so we might as well say it out loud. Stop pretending that everything ‘s okay. It might be just what you need to fully rely on God’s goodness and grace. And second, He can handle it, and, wait for it… He wants to handle it. The same God who hung every star in the universe cares deeply about you and what you’re going through. David was honest with God; you can be, too.
- Steve Kane