by Aszia Pearson
The psalmist didn’t waste his breath on pretty prayers for pretty prayers’ sake. His conversations with the LORD could be senseless, ignorant, even beastlike (those are his words, not ours)…
“When my heart was embittered and I was pierced within, then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.” —Psalm 73:21-22
Perhaps written by Asaph or perhaps recording David’s words, the point is the psalmist left his heart stripped bare and ugly before the LORD.
The benefit of letting those savage thoughts out? Total intimacy with Him.
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” —Psalm 73:23-28
He was with the LORD. God’s nearness was his ultimate good.
Let’s take a note from this wild, undignified, occasionally obstinate man of God. Rather than giving our Father carefully curated lip service, how about a broken, bursting heart? How about a little honesty?
Our God is worthy of honor and praise to be sure. But if we are not truly honoring or praising Him in our innermost being, we may as well drop the facade. We can trust Him to cover us in our sin and shame, to tend to us, and to shape us.
Even where there is complaint and lament, you can never read through an entire psalm without finding a little praise and worship. In your own “psalms” and prayers… you’ll get there too. Hang a left past despair, a right after rage, and you will arrive at praise.
Songs will begin to well up and spill over as you spend authentic time in the Lord’s presence. And then, you’ll get to tell of His glorious works!