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Psalm 3
by Scott Owings
“I cry aloud to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy hill.”

As a child, it was an unspoken—and sometimes spoken—assumption that crying was a sign of weakness and fear. This was especially for boys. Not only was crying discouraged when I or one of my friends hurt physically, it was almost a taboo for emotional hurts as well.

Tragically, when this cycle of “being a man ” (i.e., not crying) is not broken, children turn into adults who can neither feel hurt nor comfort others. Fortunately, recent medical and psychological studies have shown that crying is quite healthy for the body and spirit of children and adults.

But what about in regards to faith? Is crying out to God healthy or a sign of distrust and weakness?

One must simply read over — or better pray over — the Psalms to realize that faith is born out of and nurtured through tears. Crying to the Lord is one of the greatest statements of faith that we can make.

As we cry out to a God who cares, we will be amazed at how the LORD will answer with peace and comfort that passes all understanding. As parents, we must show and teach our children how and why to cry. Their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being depend on it!

1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying to me, “There is no help for you in God. Selah

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 4 I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah

5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 6 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Rise up, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people!

© 1998 by HEARTLIGHT® Inc. Bible text is from The New Revised Standard Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989). Used by permission


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