From Psalm 6:
Are you honest with God? Truly honest with him? The good news is you can be!
We feel the pressure to be perfect. And we feel the pressure to be perfect with the most Perfect One. We try to rise to the occasion. We try to fit in with the company we surround ourselves with. But in doing so we leave our emotions, our problems, our imperfections behind. We leave ourselves, with all of our cracks, behind. The price for this self-betrayal is arrogance and confusion: we delude ourselves into thinking we actually are the mask we put on and our pains and problems only become more confusing for us which with to grapple. All that’s left is a dull ache that bubbles to the surface every now and then.
But praise be to God this does not need to happen! Take off the mask! Show the real hideousness that’s underneath. You can cry out to him in blatant honesty:
“Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?” (Psalm 6:2-3)
As deep as your sorrows and sins may go – they can’t bottom out against the depth of God’s love for you. The depth of God’s love is deeper than our problems and our pain. His love goes as deep (and deeper still) than the grave itself! Not even David could have understood this: “Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?” (Psalm 6:5)
Jesus Christ “firstborn of the dead” (Colossians 1:18) is the name we proclaim! God will not abandon us to the grave (Psalm 16:10). He is not the God of the dead but of the living (Luke 20:38)! Don’t tidy it up – pour it out!