Calling Out from Pain — Day 3

Read Psalm 74 and Psalm 38

Lament

: to mourn aloud; to wail.
1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for,
…  often demonstratively : to mourn
2 : to regret strongly

Still another aspect of Lament in the Psalm literature of the Old Testament is confusion. The lamenting soul is tormented by confusion over the contrast between what it expects from God and what it is experiencing from God.

“God is faithful. God is good. God is loving. God is merciful.
The nation is in turmoil and surrounded by enemies.
Why isn’t God doing anything?”

Psalm 74 is a psalm that is concerned with questions like these.

Ringinig Rocks County Park In Bucks County, PA
Ringing Rocks Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

A Morning Lament on a Broken Tuesday

”LORD, our nation is broken.
Our hearts are raw, or they should be.
And yet we still have not turned to You.
Parts of multiple cities across our nation
lie in ruins and still we have not cried out to You
as a nation.
We have not humbled ourselves
and called You ‘to work salvation in our midst’. (vs. 12)
O God, bring us to You.
Drive us to repent.
Do whatever You need to do
to compel us to run to Your side.
Arise and defend Your cause;
remember how the foolish scoff at You all the day!
Do not forget the clamor of your foes.”

cf. Psalm 74

A Mid-Day Prayer of Lament

We Deserve the Harshest Rebuke   (Link)

cf. Psalm 38

An Evening Benediction

“O Lord, make hast to deliver us.
Do not forsake us, O Lord!

Make hast to help us
For you are the God of our salvation.
We rest in You.”

cf. Psalm 38:21-22


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