how to stop ourselves from murmuring (Psalm 142, part 2)

Psalm 142

“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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  • helloredds

    What a great post! I especially like these lines, "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." Don't you love knowing that you can leave things at the foot of the cross! I came over on the #Titus 2 link up today, and I'm glad to find your site. I pinned your photo to this link: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/ I hope you have a blessed day today~ Melanie

    • Ronja

      It sure helps me today and all the days of my life, to know that we can leave everything at the foot of the cross and trust Him to handle whatever burdens we are carrying. Thank you so much for these kind words and your visit here today, Melanie! :) God bless you!

  • helloredds

    What a great post! I especially like these lines, "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." Don't you love knowing that you can leave things at the foot of the cross! I came over on the #Titus 2 link up today, and I'm glad to find your site. I pinned your photo to this link: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/ I hope you have a blessed day today~ Melanie

    • Ronja

      It sure helps me today and all the days of my life, to know that we can leave everything at the foot of the cross and trust Him to handle whatever burdens we are carrying. Thank you so much for these kind words and your visit here today, Melanie! :) God bless you!

  • janncobb

    I love that God loves us so much that He does not hold our sins against us! He is compassionate and loving towards us. May His unfailing love continue to fall on us! Stopping by from Reflect http://janncobb.com. I'd love for you to link up with us.

    • Ronja

      Amen! May it never cease to amaze us just how loving He is towards us. He sure is so, so good to us! Thank you for your visit here, Jann! God bless you!

  • janncobb

    I love that God loves us so much that He does not hold our sins against us! He is compassionate and loving towards us. May His unfailing love continue to fall on us! Stopping by from Reflect http://janncobb.com. I'd love for you to link up with us.

    • Ronja

      Amen! May it never cease to amaze us just how loving He is towards us. He sure is so, so good to us! Thank you for your visit here, Jann! God bless you!

  • Ronja, I love this truth: "even in them, we might see Him." Taking our problems to Jesus allows us to see our problems through His perspective, but it also allows us to see Him and keeps us in relationship with Him. Visiting you from Coffee For Your Heart. : )

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Crystal! Yes, you are so right and have so beautifully captured the grace found in our problems: Jesus helps us to face them with His heart, but He also allows us to grow closer to Him and to see Him in the difficult times. He is so good to us. :) Thank you for your visit, Crystal! God bless you!

  • Ronja, I love this truth: "even in them, we might see Him." Taking our problems to Jesus allows us to see our problems through His perspective, but it also allows us to see Him and keeps us in relationship with Him. Visiting you from Coffee For Your Heart. : )

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Crystal! Yes, you are so right and have so beautifully captured the grace found in our problems: Jesus helps us to face them with His heart, but He also allows us to grow closer to Him and to see Him in the difficult times. He is so good to us. :) Thank you for your visit, Crystal! God bless you!

  • Christine Duncan

    Leaving it all with Him... why do I try so hard to give things to Him only to try to take them back later to exert my own control again? lol Thanks for this beautiful reminder to LEAVE it with Him!

    • Ronja

      Christine, I am right there with you -- giving matters to Jesus, only to try to take them back and work them out on my own when everything isn't happening in the time I would like it to. Oh, that I could, that we could leave all things to Jesus and truly let it all stay there. Thank you for sharing this with me, Christine! Blessings to you!

  • Christine Duncan

    Leaving it all with Him... why do I try so hard to give things to Him only to try to take them back later to exert my own control again? lol Thanks for this beautiful reminder to LEAVE it with Him!

    • Ronja

      Christine, I am right there with you -- giving matters to Jesus, only to try to take them back and work them out on my own when everything isn't happening in the time I would like it to. Oh, that I could, that we could leave all things to Jesus and truly let it all stay there. Thank you for sharing this with me, Christine! Blessings to you!

  • Tayrina {ATinyMixOf} (@TinyMixOf)

    There is so much truth is this post. I loved this -> we can complain to God, but we cannot complain about Him. Thanks for sharing this post in Words of Comfort Link Up. I will be sharing it in Twitter and Pinterest as well. Blessigns! Tayrina from www.atinymixof.com

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Tayrina! May God bless you!

  • Tayrina {ATinyMixOf} (@TinyMixOf)

    There is so much truth is this post. I loved this -> we can complain to God, but we cannot complain about Him. Thanks for sharing this post in Words of Comfort Link Up. I will be sharing it in Twitter and Pinterest as well. Blessigns! Tayrina from www.atinymixof.com

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Tayrina! May God bless you!

  • Sharita

    Ronja, I have so missed you! (My own fault/sched I know.) Such an encouraging piece again today. Thank you!

    • Ronja

      Sharita :) I've so missed you too! And it's not just your schedule, I've been so busy too that I've put only the bare minimum into this blog this past month. It's starting to ease up slowly now, though, and I'll get to spend more time around here. :) So glad to have you here in this space, Sharita!

  • Sharita

    Ronja, I have so missed you! (My own fault/sched I know.) Such an encouraging piece again today. Thank you!

    • Ronja

      Sharita :) I've so missed you too! And it's not just your schedule, I've been so busy too that I've put only the bare minimum into this blog this past month. It's starting to ease up slowly now, though, and I'll get to spend more time around here. :) So glad to have you here in this space, Sharita!