What You Can’t Pick and Choose

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”

– Psalm 42:7

Something I love about the Psalms is that they are raw and real. Most of them were written by King David, a man who minced no words regarding the depth of his feelings. In fact, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see, his ancient poems have something important to teach us about our human journey — something that’s been repeatedly backed by science: you can’t pick and choose your emotions. A song of hope and victory is often preceded by a song of lament and sorrow. Pain is a necessary part of the human experience, and unless we acknowledge this truth, we can never move fully into abundant life. Unfortunately, many people try to push down the yucky things that they feel and simply pretend that they don’t exist; however, they must be brought into the light before they can be healed. This is important to understand, especially as Christians, because we are called to be imitators of God and to share His hope with the world. We can’t truly possess the riches of peace, grace, and goodness if we refuse to delve into the hurt of our past. Sorrow and joy live side-by-side, and until we open ourselves up to Jesus and trust Him to see us through, we won’t inherit the freedom He died to give us. He is the King of our hearts, and He bids us bring everything hidden into His presence so it can be purified, redeemed, and restored.

My friend, if deep is calling to deep in your life, let yourself be immersed in the waters. Though they may feel overwhelming, your emotions will not consume you, and as you acknowledge and pray through them, the Lord will lead you to a place of freedom. There’s no shame in admitting that you’re hurting, and as you invite friends, mentors, and counselors to join you on your journey, you’ll find that your pain becomes your point of greatest gain. With Jesus, your test is your testimony, because He turns mourning into dancing and brings peace from the darkness of despair.


Jesus, help me to become an emotionally healthy person who embraces deep things so I can live in the fullness of your joy.


Is there something from your past that’s affecting your present? If so, give it to God and commit to embarking on a healing journey with Jesus.

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you Pastor Bobby, for today devotion, “You can’t pick and choose your emotions”
    I learned from WeightWatchers a few years ago when negative thoughts come in your mind, to write your thoughts down and put your thoughts on trial. Cross examine them like a lawyer.

    I was feeling down, thinking about my son John. At 26, he went home to be with the Lord Jesus a few years ago on 2/25/2019.

    I read your devotion and then open my Bible to Psalm 42. And God had what I needed. Yes I was feeling deeply discouraged (verse 5), but I will remember you (God).

    I asked myself “Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
    Yes, it ok to miss him. But I encourage myself in the Lord and rejoice in the fact he is with Jesus; healthy and strong.
    I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Thank you,
    Your sister in Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior!

    Dawn Standberry
    First Baptist Church, Gulfport Ms.

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