Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
“Pour out your heart before Him…”
That phrase caught my attention this morning during my personal devotion time. I wanted to figure out if there was some hidden, deeper meaning behind those words. Honestly, it means just what it sounds like. But I did find a truth that I wasn’t quite expecting.
To pour out our hearts before God does not just mean in praise and worship – it also involves letting Him know our desires and (get this) complaints!
Most of you that will read this have never bene parents, but just about all of you have been in the presence of a crying baby. Babies cry for several reasons – and all of those reasons are complaints. “I am wet, change me!” “I am hungry, feed me!” “I am tired, rock me!” “I am uncomfortable, hold me!” Sometimes babies cry just to cry – but it is there only way to communicate if there is a problem. As the baby matures he or she learns how to show affection and love in ways that make those complaining moments more bearable. As a parent, I understand how important it is for a baby to pour out their complaints.
God loves to hear our praises. He loves to receive our worship. But He also desires to hear our complaints. Even though He knows our needs before we ask, He still wants us to ask Him. He wants us to bring our problems, our heartaches, our anger, our struggles to Him in their entirety. Even David, while he was hiding in a cave from King Saul, said in Psalm 142, “I poured out my complaint…”
Part of praying is bringing our hearts to the Lord – the good, the bad, the ugly. The good = our praise and appreciation for Who He is and what He has done. The bad and the ugly = our sin, our struggles, our complaints. God is a great listener. Let me encourage you to share with Him all of your complaints and troubles today. Then take some time to sit there and wait for His response. His response may be some sort of reminder of a truth you already know. It may be a silent “voice” you hear in your heart. It may be a feeling of encouragement. Take some time today to pour out your heart to God. He wants it all!