April 3, 2020

Psalms of Lament

April 3, 2020

The Psalms represent the full expression of emotions. In fact about 40 percent are Psalms of lament; Psalms full of complaints and questions, fear and anger. For example, Psalm 13 begins: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” But in every Psalm of lament, there is a turning point; a “but” or “and yet” where the author reminds us of a larger truth. In our Psalm it comes in verse 5: “But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” I don’t know where (the beginning, the middle, or the end) we are in this COVID19 pandemic. But I know, even in the midst of our fear, anger, and shame, there is a truth bubbling up. May we have the patience to receive it.


God, gift us the eyes to see what you are doing in the midst of our fear, anger, and shame. May we be and become people that proclaim that truth to others as we discover it. Amen.   


Read Psalm 22. Notice how David flows back and forth between his questions and his truths. Where are you spending most of your time right now? What questions and fears do you have? What truths feel foundational to you right now?


How can we do better at reminding each other about the love of God this week?