Open the Floodgates

Posted by Kelly Lewis on

Trust in Him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before Him for God is a refuge for us.  – Psalm 62:8

What makes you cry?

For some people it might be a movie that tugs on your heartstrings. For others it might be a response to suffering in the world. It could be hurt feelings, worries, or being overwhelmed by life.

Yesterday morning on the way to church I was struck by the realization that soon my youngest daughter, Abby, would be getting married and moving eight hours away on a church plant. I pushed the feeling away and put up a strong front. Then worship began. We were singing songs like Matt Redman's You Never Let Go. Before I knew it, the walls came down, and the tears were flowing. All of my sadness was raw before the Lord. I felt the comfort of His understanding, His presence, and His faithfulness. Praise freed me to encounter God in the middle of my sorrow.

Scripture shows us the example of Jesus crying with friends when Lazarus died and pouring out His feelings of anguish to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.

I love this quote by Matt Redman: “In worship, we learn to magnify His promises instead of our problems, His track record instead of our trials, and His faithfulness instead of our fears.”

There may be feelings that you are bottling up inside. Let them flow before God through prayer or worship songs or crying out or reading the psalms. Psalm 34:18 promises that God is near to the broken-hearted. May you experience the comfort from the One who loves you, shows compassion, and longs to help you.

Submitted by:
Kelly Lewis
Grace Point Community Church
Lewis Center, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
Nehemiah 1:1-3:14
1 Corinthians 7:1-24
Psalm 31:19-24
Proverbs 21:4

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