Dear friend, all of us are going to have some or other problems at a certain point in time during our brief journey on earth. It does not matter whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, young or old. Everyone one of us goes through a difficult situation. During these difficult situations, we need someone to pour out our hearts. Is there a place we can trust and pour out my heart?
David was anointed as king in his late teen. He was anointed as the king of his country. The prophetic word came from the prophet Samuel. He was no ordinary prophet. Samuel was a man who had a close relationship with God from a very young age. The promise of kingship is true, and the prophecy is authentic. God himself chose David. Yet, David had to hide in caves, escape narrowly from the murder attempts, run away to the forest and act like a madman to save his life for over ten years before the prophecy of Samuel came true in his life. Those ten years are David’s most depressing days. All the glorious youth of David was spent on escaping death.
The interesting part was what David did to escape from these years of hopelessness. We have something to learn from the life of David when we ourselves go through tough times. David knew how to pour out his heart to God. Some of the intense prayers he offered are still available in Bible. David wrote many of his psalms during his deep and troublesome times. He used these psalms to pour out his heart to God and asked God to be on his side always. He never kept all the hopeless thoughts within himself but kept passing them on to God. He kept deriving hope from the God of hope.
How we handle our difficult situations, How we manage them, and how we come out of them are crucial for us. We do not want to come out of our past with heavy baggage in our minds. After many years, David looks back at his life and wrote, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy“
Yes, my friend. God knows how to redeem us from the pit and heal our sickness. He is with us right now. He is standing right next to you. He will bring you out as He did to David.
How to pour our hearts in the presence of God?
We may not be talented musicians or a poet like David. But we all can express our hearts through intense prayers. David prayed, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?“ We might also feel God is standing far away in our life, very similar to how David felt during times of trouble. Let’s be honest and truthful in telling what we feel in our hearts.
Another time, when a group of people cheated David and informed his location so that he can be captured, he prayed to God to be on his side. “Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might. Listen to my prayer, O God. Pay attention to my plea.“
Let’s learn to pour our hearts to Jesus and seek His help. David lived and died three thousand years ago. But his story offers new hope for us. God promised David kingship. After a decade-long wait, he did become a king. The same God promised us eternity in Heaven with him. The Bible says, “...you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.“ Jesus will fulfill his prophecy about our life. The prophecy is authentic. It comes from God himself not through another prophet to each one of us who is reading this. The journey to attain the promise will not be easy. But Jesus will be with us to help us through the journey. We will get through and see him face to face.
Let’s bow down and pray to Jesus. Let’s pour out our hearts in his presence. Who else can listen to our fears and frustration with utmost concern other than our heavenly father? He carried our sickness and sorrows. He died on the cross to forgive all our pasts. We are praying along with you.
Dear Jesus, we come to your presence. It does not matter where we are. But we unite in your name and want to pour out our hearts to you. Come into our life. Do not stand far away from us. Forgive all our past. Make us new. Wash us with your precious blood. Do not hide your face from us. We know you are listening to our prayers. We are not alone. Help us to hold on to your promise. Let our hearts always remember your promise and your great call. Touch our hearts. Remove all the hurt. Fill us with your heavenly peace. Lead us and comfort our hearts. Remove all the sickness and the sorrow. We believe in you and put all our hope in you. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Jesus knows how to lead our life. He will take us through. Jesus himself has gone through human weakness, temptation and pain. He understands our position. He is praying along with us and for us.