God knows that the journey of life is not always easy. His Word is full of stories and grief of people who suffered pain and sorrow. This psalm speaks honestly about the challenges of life. How often must we also deal with struggles? How often do we feel powerless when faced with situations that seem to have no happy result? How often do we wish to turn to someone who can help us in a situation that seems impossible to resolve? Or, as our verse implies, how often do we just want to fly away?
“Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” ~ Psalm 55:6
The psalms speak to all the emotions of the believer’s heart. These are not always happy emotions: people who follow Christ still feel the pressures of life in this world. In fact, the psalms help us honestly express our faith. We can pray the psalms, recite the psalms, and sing the psalms. We can cry out to God, using their words. They offer a voice of praise, but also of grief. The Bible, God’s Word to us, is versatile for any occasion.
As born-again believers we will experience both highs and lows in our lives. The psalms can give us the words necessary to speak to God in every situation. Our heavenly Father wants to hear from us always, even at our worst. He’s big enough to hear anything we have to say.
Have you “cast your cares on the LORD” today? “He will sustain you.”
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