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LORD HEAL ME: I'M HURTING



In the Bible, King David stands as an exemplary figure who experienced both triumph and turmoil. While he is often celebrated for his courage, leadership, and musical talents, he also knew the deep pits of emotional pain.


David faced,

  • The loss of loved ones—His closest friend and mentor, Jonathan, was violently killed in a battle with the Philistines at Mount Gilboa –1 Samuel 31.

  • The guilt of his own sins—He committed adultery with Bathsheba' and then arranged for her husband to be killed in battle. Their love-son died shortly after being born –2 Samuel 11 & 12.

  • His daughter Tamar was raped by her half- brother, Amnon. Shortly afterward, her brother, Absalom killed Amnon –2 Samuel 13.

  • He abandoned his palace and fled for his life after his son Absalom turned the people against him, and then sought to displace him as King –2 Samuel 13-15.

"David's honesty about his emotional pain teaches us the importance of acknowledging and expressing our hurts."

These experiences and many others caused him to grapple with intense feelings of grief, anguish, loneliness, and despair. David's honesty about his emotional pain teaches us the importance of acknowledging and expressing our hurts in a healthy manner. Authentic disclosure creates a pathway to help us to find healing and comfort. Here are just a few examples of David expressing his pain through Poetry/Psalms:

  • My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart (Psalm 38:5-8 ESV).

  • I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes (Psalm 6:6-7).


Through his Psalms, we discover David's ultimate path toward healing and restoration was made possible in the context of his relationship with God. In Psalm 34:18, he wrote, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (NLT).


David did not suppress or ignore his pain. He poured out his heart before God in raw and honest form. David turned to God as his refuge and strength. It was this healthy relationship that provided him with a framework for navigating through his tough seasons.


"Through expressing his pain in raw and candid language, he experienced comfort, restoration, and renewed purpose."

David experienced healing by presenting his hurt to God. Through expressing his pain in raw and candid language, he experienced comfort, restoration, and renewed purpose. Time and again, the Psalms reveal David's progression from despair to hope, from anguish to praise. Each episode reminds us healing from emotional pain is a process that requires vulnerability, patience, and an unwavering trust in God's closeness.


The Psalms can also give voice to our struggles. They teach us the power of honest expression. Through David's example, we are reminded that emotional pain does not need to define us, instead, it can provide the means for growth, healing, and a deeper connection with our Creator. Let’s follow in David's footsteps, find solace in the Psalms, and allow our own emotional pain to become a catalyst for transformation and spiritual renewal.


Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you...” (Psalm 55:22 NLT).

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