God Likes It When We Complain (Psalm 13)

Do you like to complain?  So did the psalmist.  Check out my latest blog for the Biblical Seminary:

God Likes It When We Complain (Psalm 13).

Since I wrote this, I’ve been complaining a lot.  I’ve been struggling with vocal cord damage and reflux and as I do more things, it seems to just get worse.  I’ve been letting God know that I’m in pain and don’t like it, but I still believe he’s sovereign.

I’m slowing moving towards a place of hope.

Image from: http://larrygifford.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/1-complaint/


  1. I have to agree, this resurgence of focusing on lamentation shouldn’t slide into a legitimization of whining and bitching about life.

  2. Sheila, Gary, Thanks for the comments.

    Two points. First, when we have a problem, and we bring it to God, he likes that. I call that complaining prayer. The Bible is full of people who do that (Abraham, Moses, David, Gideon, even Jesus on the cross perhaps–“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

    Second, complaining prayer should lead us to a place of praise and trust. This is the pattern of the Psalms. God likes it when we praise him, but he knows sometimes we don’t feel like it. He wants us to be honest and to bring our burdens and our concerns to him.

    There are a lot of people who get stuck in whining and complaining, to them, Jesus says, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6). It takes wisdom to find the balance.

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