May 20, 2017. Psalm 5, 38, 41-42
In Order. Communication
Communication is a key component in any relationship, whether it be with your parents, significant other, friends, coworkers, etc. You cannot have a relationship with anyone without communications. Today, communication is “easier” in some ways, we have technology that allows for us to not have to be face-to-face. And in many ways, we have gotten very lazy in that department.
We communicate now with a text and don’t even use full sentences. We communicate just enough on facebook and instagram that others can see we are still alive and doing so incredibly well. But when was the last time you communicated what really was going on in your life? When was the last time you sat down over coffee with a friend and had a conversation that actually mattered?
David had a relationship with God that revolved around his ability to communicate exactly what he was thinking and feeling. You can see the intimate relationship David had with his Lord and Savior.
Psalm 5:1 Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament
2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 38:1 Lord, Do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me.
Psalm 38:9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.
Psalm 38:21 Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.
Can you feel the relationship? Can you see the love and respect and trust? David understood that God already knew his heart and his mind, so why be ashamed or embarrassed to have the uncomfortable conversations with him. David pleas with God not to punish him, he communicates his fears and desires. He lets God know of his frustrations and his doubts. In chapter 42 verse 3 David writes of people asking him all daylong “Where is your God?” David’s response, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
When others have begun to question his relationship with God, David is able to hold tight the One who has promised him he would never leave. He is able to have that faith because of the relationship he was able to build with his heavenly Father. A relationship built on communication.
God wants to have that same relationship with you, one where we turn to him with everything, and not just with the bad stuff. Tell him when you find something beautiful in your day, or when you are feeling awkward and uncomfortable. You will be surprised at how much easier it will become to talk to him about the more intimate parts of your life. Then read His Word and have a conversation with Him as you do and watch it come alive in your life.