In the upheaval of the past year or two, most of us have been touched by divided opinions and stress buildup leading to angry words or altercations.
In Psalm 55, David speaks to such a situation—his life was marred by anger and violence with a close friend:
“My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (verses 20-22 ESV).
How does he handle it? “I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice” (verses 16,17 ESV). He then encourages all who will hear his song to “cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (verse 22). These vulnerable words of a warrior-king reassure us that none of us are too big for God or able to carry our own burdens.
Are you haunted by broken relationships that need to be healed? We know God desires that we love each other, but it’s more than we can do on our own.
Where do you need to pour out grief to God over a broken relationship? Where do you need God’s courage to heal hurt and division in your life? The Lord longs to step into that grief with you and work it for good.