All the Feels | Day Three
By: Taylor Cage | Anger | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
Recently, my husband picked up Chick-fil-A and brought it home for dinner. I was so thrilled to have waffle fries and a spicy chicken sandwich for dinner that I almost didn’t realize the problem at first. In a panic, I searched through the bottom of the bag and finally realized that he’d forgotten the Chick-fil-A sauce. Unfortunately, I completely lost my cool. As wonderful as Chick-fil-A sauce is, I’m embarrassed to tell you how truly angry I was at him for forgetting such a small thing.
Anger is funny like that; it comes on quickly and overwhelmingly. Sometimes it’s directed at a person, or sometimes it’s simply directed at a particular circumstance. Sometimes it lasts for a long time, and sometimes it’s over before dinner.
Anger is another one of those feelings that we all experience, even the authors of Psalms. It’s also a feeling that, left unmanaged, can be dangerous for ourselves and others.
So before you open your bible, ask God to open your heart to His Word today. Ask Him to reveal any anger that’s lingering in your heart and to help you surrender that to Him.
READ Psalm 109:1-20.
Who is the author of this psalm?
How can you tell he is angry?
What is he angry about?
What are some of the things he’s asking God for in his anger?
Have you ever felt this kind of anger directed toward someone or something before? Explain.
We can’t be sure who David wrote this psalm about, although there are a few likely candidates. However, we can be sure that David was filled with anger, bordering on rage, as he penned these words. For many verses, David prays for all sorts of horrible things to happen to the source of his frustration, including losing everything and being killed. And while this sort of anger is relatable for many of us, ultimately David knows that he has to let it go. Anger left to fester in our hearts brings bitterness while anger given over to the Lord brings freedom.
READ Psalm 109:21-31.
Who does David say deals on his behalf?
Would you consider this a healthy way of handling anger? Why or why not?
Have you ever asked God to deal with a situation on your behalf?
While letting out his anger to the Lord, David turns a sharp corner. He stops attacking and acknowledges the Lord fights on his behalf. Similar to David, we’re often quick to take up an offense for ourselves, when in reality we too are blessed to have a heavenly Father who deals with situations on our behalf. We don’t have to act on our anger because God is the one who deals on our behalf.
What does David acknowledge about his heart?
Why does David choose to give thanks to the Lord at the end of his psalm?
Through the course of this psalm, David turned from anger to worship. By taking his anger to the Lord instead of harboring it in his heart or unleashing it on someone else, David found freedom. By following David’s example, we can learn to handle the emotion of anger in a healthy and God-honoring way.
Ask God to search your heart and root out any anger you may be harboring. Turn your feelings over to God and turn them into worship. Praise God for giving you the ability to control your emotions through His Word and power.
End your time today in God’s Word today by simply being still in His presence and resting in the knowledge that it’s God who fights for you.