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Women's Bible Study

Psalms of Lament

September 13, 2017
Jessica Visser
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If you’re reading the words on this page, chances are you’ve experienced pain, loss, grief, disappointment, anxiety and confusion. These moments can cause us to ask questions like:

Why me?
How will I survive?
What now?

The Psalmist encountered various trials and the words written in this Old Testament book give a voice to our deepest pain and questioning.

But, here’s the thing: the Psalms were written for worship. So these laments – these intensely vulnerable and honest heart cries – were spoken in an attitude of worship meant to lift high the name of the Sovereign God. Philippians 2:12 tell us to “work out our faith with fear and trembling.” These psalms are examples of a follower of Christ pressing on in faith, straining towards the goal of Christlikeness, allowing the Lord to complete the good work that He began. And while he is putting words to the doubt in his heart, he does so with reverence and humility.

The finished work of Jesus is the answer to all of our brokenness, and when life seems more than we can bear, we’ve got to have theology, an understanding of our God’s character revealed in His Word and illustrated through the life of His Son, that will hold up under trial. The psalmist knows who God is, but his heart still wrestles to believe in what he cannot see. Just like the psalmist we can be honest with the Lord when it feels like all is lost.

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