O Lord, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry!
For my soul has had enough troubles, and my life has drawn near to Sheol. Psalm 88:1-3
O Lord, why do You reject my soul?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on;
I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
Your burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have destroyed me.
They have surrounded me like water all day long;
They have encompassed me altogether.
You have removed lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness. Psalm 88:14-18
Can I take my complaints to God? When it feels like the world is crashing in and darkness is all around, to whom do you turn? Apparently, the psalmist shows us that God can take it. He can even endure a certain amount of blame (unjustified though it may be). I think there is something therapeutic in bringing our complaint before God. Most of the time the psalmist resolve themselves in doing so. In this case, not so. He just leaves his complaint unanswered for the moment. How refreshing is that?
We have a big God who can take it!
What complaints, disappointments and trouble can I bring before Him today?
Lord, always with honor and respect, I want to approach You. Please forgive when I overstep my bounds with familiarity that border on contempt. I know You to be my Heavenly Father full of love and compassion, merciful to me. I have no complaint today. Thank you that You are willing to hear them when I do. On this Christmas Day I bless You and thank You for sending Jesus into the world.