Now onto sadness!
Our passage is Psalm 77:
I really love this Psalm as I can deeply identify with the writer crying out to God in distress. Asaph is brutally honest with God as he cries out to Him as it show the relationship they have. As we grow in honesty with people, so grows the relationship. It is the same with God. Tell Him exactly how you feel! He can handle it. True Godly lament is woven with trust for God. When we bring our honest sadness before God, it shows that we trust Him.
Asaph also does not shy away from asking the tough questions in verses 7-9. What is important to see is that Asaph is not putting God on trial, but he is putting his heart before God, showing where he is in the midst of this sadness. I know I have done this and I have put God on trial. There is a completely different tone and attitude in each of these. As we see in Job, we cannot put God on trial because He is God and knows what is going on in every aspect of the universe. We can ask questions as we bear our souls to our maker who loves us far more than we can imagine. In fact good questions also show trust in our God.
We see a ruthless trust in God in verses 10-20. Sometimes this takes a purposeful redirecting of our thoughts. In verses 10-12 Asaph recalls the past blessings that God has given him. This is what reminds us of God's faithfulness to us, remembering what God has done for us before. Being a Christian means that we have experienced God, even if we cannot feel His presence right now. And so, we recall His deeds of the past to help us remember who He is and choose to focus on the Lord, even in the midst of sadness.
In verses 13-20, Asaph magnifies God's greatness and who He is by going back to the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus. God is giving him the grace to see how big God really is. We need God's grace to get a bigger perspective on life and lift our eyes to Him. This does not mean we will just stop being sad. What this means is that we do not have to be afraid in the midst of our sadness and we do not have to pose acting like everything is fine when it's not. This reminds us that God is holding all things together even when our lives are falling apart.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit"
God cares about our sad and as family we need to care about each others sad.
Do you take your sadness to God? Do you share it with others?