In Psalm 38 David cries out in his suffering. He’s sick, in pain, persecuted, reminded of his sin, and he has been abandoned by his friends. To be frank, his life sucked. It was so bad that David was left sitting in the middle of a big fat mess crying out to God.
Nowadays in Christian culture it seems almost taboo to express that we’re struggling even though the Psalms are full of examples of how David struggled. If we’re being real and letting others see us as we wade through our own big fat messes, it can be scary. It’s as if by admitting that we’re struggling, we lack faith. Or if we’re struggling then God must be punishing us for something we’ve done. Yet David, a man after God’s own heart, who God used to lead his people, had no shame in expressing his struggles and sharing his big fat mess with others in order to lead them into worship of God.
Listen to David words:
“There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.” (Psalm 38:3-8)
David was keeping it 100. He expressed his anguish in complete authenticity and was vulnerable, and instead of being swept away by negativity or doubt, he remembered who God is and asked for help.
If we’re not willing to be authentic and vulnerable and ask God for help, then how can we ever expect to make it through our big fat messes? We need him, but in order to ask for help we must first be willing to admit we need it.
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