Releasing Our Heart

Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” What happened when David cried out to the Lord? Psalm 18:16 says, “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out  of deep waters.”

Verse 18-19 says, “They  confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” 

Those verses in Psalm 18 are my testimony as well. You can read about it in my book, “He Drew Me Out Of Deep Waters: encouragement for hard trials. Many of David’s Psalms are written with words poured out in his crucible. They are crucible words that encourage us in our own trials.”

The words of Psalm 31 are so picturesque for us. David chose them to express what was happening in his heart. It helps us see what can happen when we stuff our emotional pain. Verse 9-10 says, “…my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, and my years with  sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity.”

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” David wrote Psalm 19. Verse 12-13 is a great way for us to pray also. It says, “…Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous  sins; let them not have dominion over me…”

When we hide, bury, ignore, and refuse to process emotional pain we enter into presumptuous sin. The Lord has given us His way to process our pain through truth. Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the  hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” More on this tomorrow.

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