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pouring out complaints

Psalm 142

v2

I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

Sometimes we have what seems like overwhelming trouble. When we're trying to speak only the way we should, we're tempted to complain. There's a way we should pour out our complaints in front of the Lord and show our trouble to Him. When we feel like complaining, we should pray about the situation instead.

Also notice the contrast between v7 in this chapter, which starts, "Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name", and Psalm 140:8, which says,

Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; [lest] they exalt themselves. Selah.
We should want the Lord to help us so we can praise Him, not so we can be arrogant and lift ourselves up.

From: Just as I Am, Without One Plea

By Charlotte Elliott, 1835 and William Bradbury, 1849
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
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