Songs of Praise: Psalm 142-143

This is our last week in Psalms. Read Psalm 142-143 today. (Click on the link if you do not have your Bible handy.)

With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.

Psalm 142:1-2

Joyce Myers said, Complain and remain. Praise and be raised.

It is easy to fall into the complain game. We get frustrated and want to tell our trouble to someone. By the end of the matter, we haven’t improved our own attitude and probably effected the one we shared with as well.

The writer understood the value in venting vertically, as Carol once said to me. He was not pouring out his complaint to just anyone. He knew where to go with his trouble. He cried out to the only One who would or could offer mercy and help.

Let me challenge you this week. Be diligently aware of your complaining and trouble sharing. Instead of spreading it to others why not look up and give it straight to God.

You won’t offend God with your trouble. He’s a big God and He can take it.

(He already knows it anyway.)

Father God, remind me to bring all my complaints to You first. Open my heart to Your guidance and direction. You alone are the One who can help me. Keep me from disturbing the peace of others with my own unrest.

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