Singing Complaints to God, Surrounded by Critics
March 23, 2017
Some songs to God are full of complaints, pleas, and desperate cries resolving themselves in faith.
That is especially true when the psalmist is weighed down by the burden of assaults by his critics.
The temptation is not to sing those songs because they are not holy enough, not pious enough, rough, raw, guttural, and bleeding from the soul.
Yet the example of wisdom literature scripture is to let it out and let it resolve itself in the singing and praying of it.
God can deal with our detractors.
God can also deal with our attitudes toward our detractors.
It is not our battle - at least it is not ours alone - not ours primarily.
The haughty critics may have you by the throat, but God is about to turn the tables.
" I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
Let not those rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
who hate me without cause.
For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, “Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!”
(Psalm 35:18-21 ESV)