Weekend Word is a regular rhythm on the Fieldstone Counseling social media accounts. Each Friday, we share an abbreviated post from one of our counselors, centered around a passage of scripture and offering brief reflective thoughts. These posts will now be added to our Resources page here on the website for additional reading preferences. We hope they might become a refreshing shift for you as you enter into the weekend!
How do you talk to God?
We all come from different backgrounds that may influence how our prayers to God are shaped, and while everyone is learning and growing in this walk with the Lord in different ways, have you paused to consider how honest your prayers to God are?
In this psalm written by David, we see him crying out to the Lord from a place of hurt and betrayal. From the psalm, we can infer that a dear friend has broken David’s trust and turned against him. If you read the whole psalm, you would see David cry out with honest reflection over the events happening in his life. He does not hold back in telling God how upset, afraid, and hurt he is.
This Psalm also shows us in a beautiful way how we can bring our needs to the Lord. The Lord does not turn a deaf ear; he does not act aloof but hears. The psalm ends with David recalling the truths he knows about God. He reminds himself (and us today): “𝘊𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶” (v22). He makes his request known to the Lord and then ends the psalm with a beautiful act of surrender by saying, “𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶.” (v23)
What a comfort that we, today, can follow the example of David and bring our needs to the Lord unfiltered. Praying honestly to the Lord can indeed be challenging. It is easy to only see God as supreme, the ruler, all-powerful but far off. While it is true that he is supreme, the ruler, and all-powerful, he is also near, personal, and invested in you. He invites you to come to him.
The words of the old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” ring true today:
𝘖 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘪𝘵,
𝘖, 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝘵𝘰 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳
So what about you? You have an invitation to bring how you are doing to the Lord. He hears you. Put your burdens on him; he will sustain you.
Sarah sees it as a privilege to come alongside those impacted by the brokenness and troubles of this life.