“But I call to God and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and He hears my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage…” – Psalm 55:16-18
How relatable that is.. evening and morning and noon and like all the time it seems I utter my complaints. “Lord, I really want to move into a house” , “Lord, why does this have to be so hard?” , “Lord, why isn’t the church better at this “, “God, I’m just so tired and I need your help”, “God please help us pay this bill” , “Lord I was prideful and rude again, I don’t know what to do” … welcome to my daily complaining.
I don’t kid around here when I say that everyday it seems there is a new complaint coming from my lips. Some new grievance of my heart that I’m struggling with. Last week I was struggling with huge amounts of pride and perfectionism, this week it’s pressure and discontentment.
Daily my complaint has gone up to the Lord, and His Word promises that He hears me. This is the one thing I hold onto, trusting that He hears me . He is so patient with me and with us when we continue to struggle. Many times in the New Testament , Paul talks about his struggle with suffering and hardship , yet he continually encourages to fight the good fight of faith, to stand firm, to boast in your weakness, and find strength in Him. Paul even had a great thorn in his flesh allowed by God that caused great struggle for him. In 2 Corinthians 12:8 Paul says “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me,”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. ”
Even Paul, the great apostle , who had such steady faith and great understanding , who had an incredible encounter with Jesus that changed his hard heart forever – complained.
It’s okay for the Christian to feel frustrated and not be okay. It’s okay to complain but my question is – who are you complaining to ? If you’re complaining to everyone but God then you aren’t doing it right.
I saw this post on social media a little while back that said “I stopped venting and started praying because I don’t need sympathy, I need strength”. I don’t know who wrote this but I would love to shake their hand for such simple yet powerful wisdom.
The Psalmist (most likely King David) ensures that after he complains to the Lord about all the things he is frustrated about, then God redeems His soul. The definition of redeem is “compensate for the fault or bad aspects of something”, “to gain or regain possession of something in exchange for payment” . God is literally able to exchange our complaints, our heaviness, our weariness, our bad situations for something better , as it says at the end of the verse “He redeems my soul in safety”. He will put a wall of defense around us. He secures us when we bring our complaint to Him.
Read further on and it says “He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage..”. The battle that I wage.. me .. my battle against myself , my sick flesh with its sinful desires and selfish ways and my battle against the enemy, the prince of this world who wants nothing more than to utterly destroy me. If you are born again by faith in Jesus Christ, then you are in a battle. A battle that cannot be won by simply complaining to other people , or by giving up or giving in. This battle can only be won and waged daily by taking our utterances to God Almighty , our Redeemer who wants to graciously pick us up, dust us off , and strengthen us for the battle ahead.
He never promised us that this life would be easy (see John 16:33). It’s messy, it’s broken, and it’s sinful BUT we have the King of Kings on our side who gives us everything we need to steady us every day.
So what has been your complaint lately? Have you been frustrated? Angry? Lonely? Confused? Depressed?
Take it all to God- even if you don’t believe or have never prayed, try it . Open your mouth and complain to the Father. He hears you and cares for you!
I’ll leave you with this – “Cast your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never permit (allow) the righteous to be moved”– Psalm 55:22