Telling our troubles to God

"I tell my trouble before him." Psalm 142:2

David was a spiritual man. He enjoyed great intimacy with God. He didn't need to be driven off into a cave (as he was here) before he told God what was bothering him. But maybe this Psalm was written to help those of us who nearly do.

Christian, have you forgotten that the Lord wants to hear your troubles? Yes, yours. He desires for you to open up to him. When you don't, you act as if he didn't really care about you. And as the old theologian John Owen said, "The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him is not to believe that he loves you."

If we really believed God's love for sinners in Christ, we would run into his arms and sob on his strong shoulders and tell him how we feel more often. Instead, we go to other people first; or worse, we take to social media! No, tell your troubles to your Father who loves you and he will see to all of them.