Preparing for SMR Gathered July 28th, 2013

Lament

As we continue our series in the book of Psalms, this week we’ll take a look at Psalm 13. Of the many categories of Psalms, the Psalms of Lament account for the largest found in the book – so needless to say, they are significant. These types of Psalms give us a window into emotions we may tend to think ‘unspiritual’ for the Christian to feel. Feelings that may suggest weakness or a lack of faith. We may quote Scriptures like Romans 8:28 that say “…all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Of course, these words are true. But as we read in this book of songs, honesty with what we’re feeling doesn’t always come with a happy smile. Rather, this book shows us words full of sorrow, doubt, despair, and lostness. And it’s no surprise for us. We live in a fallen world. Whether it be small moments of disappointment or long seasons of despair and suffering, we can’t ignore that this world often feels irrepressibly heavy.

Psalms 13 and the other Psalms of Lament give us freedom to feel. They give us words when times are utterly dark and don’t seem to get any better. They allow us to be honest with who we are, rather than suppress the reality. As one writer says, “These Psalms help us learn that when we hurt, we must hurt with God, rather than without him.” I hope this Sunday is one that is refreshing for your soul as we consider this Psalm.

Here’s what we’re singing…

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