A Melted Mess
Psalm 46: 6-8 (NLT) says: “Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you…. Each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.” One of things we love about the Psalms is that people not only keep it real, but they keep it raw. Here you have a person who is deeply disappointed, talking to his soul and to God about how bad he feels. And he’s kind of stuck in a rut, coming back to this bad attitude again and again. He’s trying to break free but he’s not done dealing with his feelings. He is far from where he wants to be — feeling exiled and cut off. He is dealing with these people crushing his spirit and tormenting him. That image of the raging sea and crashing waves is used to convey the troubles of life. This individual is facing a sea of challenges and feels about ready to drown. Can anyone relate? It all kicks off with this phrase, I am deeply discouraged. The root word for discouraged means to “melt away,” or to “stoop.” It’s this idea of feeling bent and weighed down. Like you don’t have what it takes to face the day. You can’t get out of bed. You’re a mess — a melted mess on the floor. That’s where he’s at — and get this — God wanted these words in the Bible. He wants us to know that even people who love Him deal with doubt. People of faith can have deep feelings of discouragement. They feel let down by God. They feel forgotten. It’s all right here in the Bible, God’s word.
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