Howl it out!
We used to have a white Boxer named Boomer. Oh, the funny stories I could tell you about that dog. In fact, if I ever need a good belly laugh I watch a video of Boomer being Boomer. Before Boomer, I'd never had or heard a dog who howled. When Boomer howled, the whole neighborhood heard him. He'd get his boxer snout all wrinkled up and throw that head of his back and out would come howl. He only howled when he wanted his condition changed. Like when it was raining and he wanted in the house (rather than go into his dog house). Boomer's howl was pitiful and attention-getting. I found this visual on YouTube.
With that visual in mind, think about how we sound when we cry out to the Lord. In our despair, we howl. Oh, we don't often have the luxury of throwing back out heads and letting go so the whole neighborhood hears us. But, what about those times in the shower, the closet, the car... Or the times when the howl is deep in our hearts and we open our mouths but no sound will come? In Psalm 18, David shares:
"In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears."
This is a beautiful example...in our distress, we can call upon the Lord! We can howl out for help. And you know what? He hears our voice, He hears our howl for help - it comes into His ears. Oh glory be. I needed to be reminded of that truth today, didn't you? And, it does not stop there. David goes on to paint the most beautiful picture of God responding to our howl out. He says God rides on the clouds, He rides on the cherub to our rescue.
"Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.The Lord also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them. Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O Lord, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters." (Psalm 18:7-16)