Do you ever feel like you can’t be real with God?

As if he will be upset with you if you express the true concerns of your heart?

In human relationship terms, when we have to express negative emotions to someone close to us, we fear that they will resent us and/or not speak to us. This isn’t so with God. When we decide to be real with God and ask him, “why is everything so terrible right now?” He won’t shun us. In fact, it’s these kind of conversations that can bring us closer to Him and to each other in an authentic relationship.

Taking a look at Psalm 6:1-3, we can see David, called a man after God’s own heart, in his intimate and authentic relationship with God.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath. 
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?

You may think “he doesn’t seem very close to God, he seems mad”. While he is upset, part of being intimate and authentic with God is not keeping anything back from Him. You have to trust Him enough to know that you can unload your whole heart in His hands and know that it’s protected.

Another part of being authentic with God is confession of sin. Just a few pages down we find David again in Psalm 32:3-5, this time expressing relief after the weight of sin was lifted off of him.

When I kept silent,
 my bones wasted
 through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

Authenticity in our relationship with God means growth in our relationship with God.