Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 18:6

Who didn’t hear it growing up: “Oh, stop being a crybaby”?

I know I did, more than once.

But I also learned that sometimes crying is perfectly acceptable.  And somewhere along the way, thank God, I learned that crying to God is particularly acceptable.

The Psalmist agrees:

“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help.  From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.”

And, because of that cry, the “earth trembled and quaked and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry….He parted the heavens and came down.”


What a testimony to the depth and power of God’s responsive love and to the efficacy of our sincere cry “unto” God.

So, yes, there is such a thing as a little too much whining.

There is something to be said for silencing our petty complaints and, as it is now popular to say, “Stay calm and carry on.”

But there is also a place for true, deep, passionate, crying to God – expressing our deepest fears, needs, desires, worries, and concerns.

God hears such things.  And, more than must hearing, he responds.

Who knows – God may even shake heaven and earth a bit – just for you.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for hearing my cries of true need.  AMEN.

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