how to stop ourselves from murmuring (Psalm 142, part 2)
“I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.” (Psalm 142:2)
That place where the world collapses, where your heart has been wounded, where words have cut deep, where your soul aches deeply because of a circumstance not changing. That place where for one reason or another, a murmuring rises up from inside of you and words of bitterness fill your mind — where all you can mutter are words of complaint, of discontentment.
I have been there many times. I am sure you have as well.
We can pour out our complaints and declare our troubles before Him, not so that He might see them but that even in them, we might see Him. When we pour out our complaints before Him, we truly see them for what they are as we set our thoughts in order — and that is when His glorious light can break in.
His scandalous grace can weave into our thoughts and we see much of our problems vanish in this glorious light. When we set our troubles at the foot of the Cross, the terror and troubling soon start vanishing when the Love that died for us, takes hold of us.
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)
However, we need to be careful of this: we can complain to God, but we cannot complain about Him. The Lord knows our sin-marred hearts and our messy lives. He knows these thoughts of ours that are less than beautiful. He knows, and He can handle them; though surely thoughts of love and joy are more pleasant to Him, and to us as well. We should complain before God only, and not before men.
So this week, let us leave our troubles, our worries and complaints at the foot of the Cross and trust Jesus to work out His best in our lives. This week, let us take all these words that are not true, noble, or pure, and bring them before the Lord, and then ask for His forgiveness, and for His grace to work miracles in our hearts.
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:8-9)
This week my friend, you can be sure that when you bring all these sin-stained words and attitudes before our God, they are at that moment forgiven as the blood of Jesus Christ washes over your sins. He will not leave you, nor forsake you. He gives us a new heart, and a new spirit within us. You can leave the past behind, and watch as God makes all things new (Isaiah 43:18-19).
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