Complaining to the Lord

I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.  In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

Psalm 142:1-3

I was reading the Psalms the other day, and these verses stuck out to me.  So often, we want to complain to other people.  We want others to listen to our problems, even if they really can’t do anything about them.  Some of us pay psychiatrists to listen to us and help us with our problems.  Some of us like to “vent” to our spouse or friends.  Sometimes, we just feel the need to “get something off my chest.”  We need a someone who can listen to our problems and can hear about our complaints and our troubles.  The problem is, we usually turn to the wrong source.

While there is not anything necessarily wrong with telling someone else about your problems and troubles, it often doesn’t do much good.  Usually the person to whom we are complaining can’t do anything about the situation.  However, there is One Who can help us and has promised to help us.

In these verses, the Psalmist tells us that he “cried unto the LORD.”  He “poured out my complaint.”  He “shewed before him my trouble.”  Why would David do that?  Because he knew that God could and would help him.

Instead of complaining to others and sharing our problems with them, why do we not more often take them to the Lord and share them with Him?  He has told us to “cast our cares upon Him…”  And He has promised to be our help in time of trouble.  We have a great and mighty resource at our disposal.  Let us remember Him the next time we need to share our troubles with someone!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this is so good. I know it is natural for us to complain to one another, and perhaps a little scary to consider complaining to God, but I want to always consider if what I’m sharing with someone is going to do them good or not. My complaining most likely isn’t going to help someone else. I can wait and take it to the Lord, my ever present help . . .and say something more encouraging to my friend or family member. God bless you and thanks so much for this thought today!


    • That is true – unloading our problems on others isn’t going to be of any help to them. We should be encouraging others and taking our troubles to the Lord. He can help us!


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