Updated: Dec 19, 2019
"I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along." -Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT)
Who here has ever heard someone tell you one of these things:
"You need to get thicker skin."
"Christians are supposed to be joyful."
"Just wait on God and trust the process."
"Crying doesn't help anything."
Let me raise my hand first. I have heard many of those sayings during times in my life when I am feeling down. In fact, these sayings are all true and many times are coming from someone who means well. In all honesty, I really should have thicker skin and stop letting little things bother me so much. As a Christian, I need be joyful in the hope of the Lord. As someone in a period of waiting, I strive to wait patiently for God to move me. And, if I'm being totally truthful, crying doesn't help very often. But what about when our days are going miserably, when we are sleep deprived, when bills pile up, and when trials just hit us from left and right? Sometimes it's really hard to swallow phrases like, "Crying doesn't help anything."
David, who is considered to be a man after God's own heart, talks about feeling sad, lonely, and depressed many times throughout the Psalms. For example, in Psalm 69, David opens with: