3/9/2020 Monday Psalm 79:1-4 NLT
 O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.  They have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of heaven. The flesh of your godly ones has become food for the wild animals.  Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead.  We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
Today’s reading illustrates something we all know about—the pain of suffering when things are falling apart. The question on the heart of the Psalmist is, “Where are you God?” In this passage, we get a clear picture of the destruction that has befallen the people of Isreal. The temple has been defiled, the bodies of the dead have been left out in the streets, those who survived have fled the city and Israel is a laughing stock. The message here is twofold: we will experience suffering (some more than others) and God is willing and able to take our laments and protests. When life has been flipped upside down, what is your response? Some people fear displaying their anger to God in times of suffering. However, God is able to handle these feelings. The Psalms are full of examples of people displaying their frustration at what they see as God’s lack of response to their pain and heartache. We need not be afraid to acknowledge our pain and heartbreak to our loving God.
Where are you currently experiencing suffering, and how can you share that pain with God in prayer?