I think it’s appropriate that, prior to coming to this psalm, we were reminded that we belong to God (Psalm 86) and that God calls us his own (Psalm 87.) I think we must always preface our pain with that truth.
Because there will be seasons when we feel:
• troubled v 3
• like this could be the death of us v 4-5
• in a deep, dark pit v 6
• like God is angry v 7
• shunned by friends and loved ones v 8, 18
• trapped v 9
• sorrow v 9
• afflicted v 15
• suffering v 15
• helpless v 15
• assaulted v 16
• in darkness and alone v 18
And, in those seasons, we must remember that God is sovereign and in control (v 6, 8, 18.)
And because we belong to Him and He calls us His own, we continue to come before him. In our pain. In our confusion. In our brokenness. (v 1, 2, 9, 13)
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69
Is life painful? Yes.
Are we all walking wounded? Yes.
Do we want to go away from the Lord? Where else would we go – for we believe and have come to know that Jesus is everything.