Real and Raw

3 For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.
4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.
5 In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.
6 I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.
7 I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.
8 All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
9 For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. Psalm 102:3-11

Today’s verses are a grand continuation of yesterday. The psalm writer is having a pity party for all the world to see. This has “woe is me!” all through it.

But it’s real and raw.

It’s something we need to say and do from time to time. I believe it’s even therapeutic to let it all out in front of an almighty God to hear.

Some have gone far to say that we shouldn’t be depressed because look at what God has done in our lives. There’s an element of truth in that statement.

However, life wears us down. We feel the pressures and stresses of life, just as Jesus Himself felt the pressures of those around Him.

  • Peter, James, and John always seemed to be vying for the top spot in the kingdom.
  • People came to Him regularly to be ministered to.
  • The religious leaders were conniving and deceitful, and wanted to see him killed.
  • Very few people understood who He was.
  • Even John the Baptist – his own cousin – doubted who he was.

Scripture records that Jesus went away from the people on occasion. We of course do not know a lot of what happened when Jesus went away in seclusion, but He was probably pouring out His soul to the Father, praying for the people He was ministering to.

It’s actually a good picture of how we should be gaining strength and “recharging our batteries” each day. Sure, we can (and should) blurt it all out like this psalm writer did, but we can also turn it into prayer for the people we rub shoulders with every day.

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