Westerners do not lament—express sorrow—and mourn well. We are also uncomfortable when other people do. We either stay away or try to “cheer them up”. The Psalms demonstrate thanksgiving and praise but they also give us a formula to come before God in Lament.
- Direct our complaint to God
- Describe our suffering
- Depend on God to come in our Lamenting
- Dwell on God’s faithfulness and goodness
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;Psalm 13
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.