I had a very powerful encounter with God the other day. I was pondering the writings of David again. I was lovingly pondering how honest he was and how real…and then I had this thought…
We should go honestly before God in prayer. Be real and pray out your feelings until you stumble upon God’s greatness again.
I don’t know about you, but every time I bring my mess to God, I find myself remembering how great He is. It’s amazing the way my honesty does lead me to discover His goodness all over again.
No matter what trials are currently in your life, you can be honest with God. The beauty of being honest with Him, is the exchange that I described above. Our honesty will always lead us to His goodness, if we allow it to do so.
O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how Your enemies are astir, how Your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against Your people; they plot against those You cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot. Do to them as You did to Midian, as You did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.” Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your storm. Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek Your name, O Lord. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that You, whose name is the Lord- that You alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83
I love the journey of this Psalm. He implores God for help. He reminds God of the trials occurring, and then lands on the greatness of God.
I encourage you to take some time today and have an open and honest dialogue with God. Tell Him exactly how you feel and even how you may feel wronged by others. Openly speak to Him about your fears and worries. If you do…I guarantee you will find yourself stumbling upon praise. Stumbling upon God’s greatness. You will find yourself in His presence, if you allow the truth to come forward.