A Little Encouragement
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If We're Honest

Written by Dallas Pepper on February 24th, 2016.

'Your wrath lies heavily upon me
Your wrath has swept over me
Your terrors have destroyed me'
I mean seriously do you say that kind of stuff to God?...
Maybe you should.
- Steffany Gretzinger

To be truly intimate with anyone you have to be real. It is no different with God. He wants our real and raw emotion. He can take it. He already knows. We don't fool him for a minute so why bother pretending. It's okay to go to God angry and in pain. Holding on and trying to hide what he already sees just makes it harder for him to work with and bring us through. Give it to Him. This is also how we can be able to minister to others, with open hearts.

from The word In Life study Bible

Verse:

Psalm 88
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.[b] A maskil[c] of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 Lord, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.
3 I am overwhelmed with troubles
and my life draws near to death.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am like one without strength.
5 I am set apart with the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
who are cut off from your care.
6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
in the darkest depths.
7 Your wrath lies heavily on me;
you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.
8 You have taken from me my closest friends
and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
9 my eyes are dim with grief.
I call to you, Lord, every day;
I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
your faithfulness in Destruction?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
13 But I cry to you for help, Lord;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Why, Lord, do you reject me
and hide your face from me?
15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;
I have borne your terrors and am in despair.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;
they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—
darkness is my closest friend.

Songs:

Out Of Hiding
If We're Honest
Just Be Held

Video:

Steffany Gretzinger(Frizzell) - Always getting Closer (Preaching)