It's OK to be Sad
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Sometimes we’ve heard that Christians shouldn’t be sad. We hear,“Ask the Lord to give you joy in those moments. After all, if you really trusted God, you wouldn’t be down.” Wrong, wrong, wrong.
In the thirteenth Psalm, a psalm of lament, David asks God some questions. “How long will you forget me Lord?” David had sorrow in his heart every day. It didn’t go away. Yet he was straightforward with the Lord. He asked for God’s light to enable him to see. The end of the psalm gives us insight when we are in those moments─moments we all have. When discouraged, ask yourself this question, “What do I know about God’s character that is absolutely true.” David does exactly that in the fifth verse, “But I trust in your unfailing love.”
Regardless of everything else going on in your life, you know for certain God loves you. Based on that great truth, David concludes the psalm with, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.”