Have you ever said something that you immediately regretted after? Maybe it was something sinful out of anger in your heart. Maybe it was a lie to cover up something you didn’t want people to know about. As of lately, it’s been tougher and tougher for me to hold my tongue concerning politics, racism, injustice, hatred and anger in our world, etc. However, I don’t trust my heart in what I’m about to say, having to recheck motives and making sure that I won’t sin in what I say. Like King David in verse 2, the more I stay silent, the more I feel hurt and anxious. My heart becomes hot within me like King David says in verse 3.
King David couldn’t hold it in any longer and he finally spoke out, to God.
He talks about how fleeting life is (v. 4-6); how we must hold on to hope (v. 7); our need for repentance, wisdom in silence before men and the importance of discipline from God (v. 7-11); a plea before God to hear His prayer and a connection with God as a fellow sojourner in this sinful world (v. 12-13).
This Psalm is a great reminder to me and us as a church that the first person we need to open up our mouth to when seeing the injustices and evil in the world is our Heavenly Father. Not our friends or our enemies. Not Facebook or Twitter. Go to God! King David did not hold back with God from his frustrations in life and his own sin in whatever the ordeal he was struggling with. God can handle it. Not only does God listen, but many times God will change our heart from anger to trust in His sovereignty (v. 9 & 11). In fact, many times when we speak out, when we don’t hold back our tongue, we communicate something that looks like we don’t trust in God. We say something that shows our hearts desires to control the situation instead of trusting God in the situation. This is not to say that we shouldn’t speak up against sin and injustice, but instead we should go to God to check our heart’s motives and trust in His sovereignty. And some times God reveals that it’s wiser for us to stay silent and to continue going to Him in prayer as well. Sometimes God will show you that you need to speak up and call others to action. But when emotions take over and your heart is on fire, go to God first like King David did.
- Do you often go to others or God when you’re upset about something?
- When you communicate out of frustration, do you show a trust in God within your words?
- How does first going to God in prayer change your heart and words?
By: Erik Koliser