There’s a reason the Psalms are my favorite book in all the Bible: they help me to know the “heroes of the faith” were no different than I am/we are because what they run the gamut of human emotion.
You’ll find both praise of God as well as anger at him. Faith and doubt. Joy and pain. Thanksgiving and loneliness. Loving prayer for others as well as a desire to see them dead.
The psalms are raw and real. More importantly, they are prayers. As such, they give us “permission” as Christians to tell God exactly how we feel.
And God can handle everything we throw at him.
Moreover, he wants us to tell him how we feel. He wants us to bring our darkest doubts and fears to him so he can help us receive wisdom, courage and peace.
David, who wrote at least 73 of the 150 psalms, was a fierce warrior, but also as ‘human’ as you and me. In Psalm 56 he is terrified.
Vss 3 & 8 of this psalm are familiar to the general mainstream:
Vs 3: When I am afraid I will trust in you.
Vs 8: You have kept record of all of my tears – every last one.
The meta-narrative of the psalm is this: Jesus is whispering, “I’ve got this. Trust me.”
It’s easy to focus on how big our fears are. What can be hard to remember is that God is infinitely bigger.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick