Sometimes, God has to use a 2×4 to get our attention. Read Psalm 80 and 102 Psalm 102 is a personal lament prayer of one who is afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord. It captures some of the emotion that many of us are feeling during this time … More Friday, Day 6, A Lament from a Spiritual Desert
There is perhaps no one who believes in God who has not on ocassion asked this question? How Long O Lord? How long before a marriage improves, a son repents, a daughter expresses humility, a sorrow ends, an illness is overcome, a job situation improves, a depression ends? How long Lord, before this pain I … More Thursday, Day 5 — How Long O Lord?
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 … More Calling Out from Pain — Day 3
Read Psalm 60 A Morning Lament in Time of Crisis “O God, we feel abandoned. We feel like Your anger with us is unrelenting. Our country is torn open and the whole land quakes with uncertainty and fear. We can’t survive without You. Repair our hearts for we stagger like drunken men, like men who … More A Lament for Monday — Day 2
All this week I will be publishing a series of Laments to correspond to the three Jewish “prayer hours” of the day. I hope that they are helpful. Sabbath Week of Lament — Day One, Sunday Read Psalm 44 A Morning Prayer of Lament “God, You have done so much for Your Church. You determined … More A Sabbath Week of Lament — Day One, Sunday
Lament : to mourn aloud; to wail. 1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for, … often demonstratively : to mourn 2 : to regret strongly A new series begins next Sunday. Each day at midnight, I will post a series of three laments, one to correspond to each of the three “hours” … More A Sabbath Week of Lament — Sunday
A Morning Praise of the King of King “Our Jewish friends will rest this day in praise of You for creation and Your command to cease from work. And many of us who have believed in their blessing— the Promised One, the Messiah, will rest in the grace that has been given to Gentiles. And … More A Sabbath Week of Praise — Saturday
A Thursday Praise of the King “There may be enemies and battles ahead in this day, but we will run to the refuge of Your promises. Others may string their bows to shoot our hearts, but we will run to the refuge of Your promises. We will praise You because You are in the seat … More A Sabbath Week of Praise — Thursday
A Morning Call to Worship “Let us give thanks to the LORD with our whole heart. Let us recount all of the wonderful deeds of God. Let us remind our souls of how beautiful are His works. Let us exalt Him; let us lift Him high. Let us sing the praise of His name, so … More Evil Responses to Evil Action are Not Transformed into Righteousness.
Part of the Poetry Project Read Psalm 20 first What Would it Mean to Hear You? What would it mean to hear you answer in the day of trouble? To hear a word, a response from You after all our cries for protection, after all our sacrifices and offerings, after all our waiting and longing, … More What Would It Mean to Hear You?