Written by Erin Allen.
Sometimes the Bible is shocking.
Psalm 50:22 – Now consider this, ye who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psalm 58:6 – Break their teeth in their mouth, O God: Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
Psalm 59:6-7 –They return at evening: they make noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Behold, they belch out with their mouth: Swords are their lips:
Sometimes my thoughts and words are also shocking.
Nowhere else in scripture do we see humanity on display as we do in the book of Psalms. We read of authors begging for the death and destruction of their enemies. We read raw, real emotion. We also enter into the depths of true love and heartfelt devotion. It is a roller coaster of feelings on display.
Our families of origin have taught us something about what is and is not appropriate when it comes to expressing emotion. But what does this book teach us? All the emotion flying around shows us that our being emotional creatures does not surprise God. It does not shake Him. He can handle our humanness and even desires that we run to Him. He loves it when we run to Him with every range of our emotions.
There is a pattern we can observe over and over throughout almost every one of the 150 chapters in the book of Psalms.
– The authors tell God the truth about what they think and feel.
– The authors remind themselves of who God is, what He has done, and what He will do.
At Summer’s Best Days, we sang a song entitled, “I Run to You”. The song described exactly what each Psalmist does over and over: “When I don’t know what to do, you help me figure it. God, I run to you. When I need a solution, I have no doubt, that I will I run to you!”
May we be like the Psalmists and RUN TO GOD with all we are: the ugly, the beautiful, our confusion, doubt, agony and pain, grief and loss, joys and highlights. When we do, we see other shockingly wonderful statements like Psalm 55:16-17 – As for me, I will call upon God; And the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: And he shall hear my voice.
Run to Him.