going with what you know

sometimes in the midst of heartbreak and pain, it is easy to lose sight of God. We get overwhelmed. Platitudes and cliches in that moment don’t help.

That is why I love the Psalms. David was an emotional guy on an emotional roller coaster. Compare Psalm 35 (David on a bad day) with Psalm 37 (David on a good day).

the point is that when we are in the middle of the storm is not the time to be making four part logical scriptural arguments about how God intends for this to all work out for our good. Instead, as the waves wash over our heads and we feel like just letting go and drowning, all we can do is cling to the Rock of our Salvation.

We have to rest secure in what we know even when it varies from what we feel. What we know is in whom we have believed. When Paul wrote that, waves of disappointing events and problems were hitting him one after the other. people were letting him down, deserting him to save their own skin, execution imminent. But he wrote: “12 ….. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”

When the chips are down and people disappoint us, we have to use our head and rest in what we know, no matter how we feel.

We know that our God is the God “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

We know that this God made us alive, loves us, saves us, and prepares work for us to do.

I love this song:

also, there isn’t a video for this one on YouTube that I could find, but it is fantastic. Alli Rogers is a great singer/writer


4 Responses

  1. Thank you. Love you. Songs added to my playlist. Truth is foundation. Feelings are not.

  2. You are welcome. I love you too. Praying for you guys.

  3. I don’t really want to get into deep discussion, but in spite of the great message of this song, certain lyrics have always bothered me. Mainly the ones in the first stanza that seem to imply we have no right to ask why when tragedy occurs. I know it’s another instance of God’s sovereignty and we should praise him in all circumstances, but shouldn’t we be allowed to grieve?

  4. hey Melody. Great question. Like so many things, it depends upon the spirit with which the “why” question is asked.

    This kind of question is the second kind of question that I dealt with (with Dr. Mohler) in the “Questions at church” article over on the left above

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