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Psalms: Songs for All of Life
Lament

Psalm 69: 1-16, NRSV

Reflections

Until you bottom out, and come to the limits of your own fuel supply, there is no reason for you to switch to a higher octane of fuel. For that is what is happening! Why would you? You will not learn to actively draw upon a Larger Source until your usual resources are depleted and revealed as wanting.

— Richard Rohr, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

  • What do we do with our pain?
  • We medicate – one more drink, one more shopping spree, one thing of something, anything
  • We numb
  • We can’t just rely one verses like “God will not give us more than we can handle”
  • We can’t just bypass being lament, or the process of it
  • Chuck DeGroat – Lament is the ancient art of crying our prayers
  • Pattern
  • Freedom of expressing our pain
  • We are either too good at putting on a facade (and isolate ourselves) or too exhausted of doing it
  • Posture of Lament
  • v13 – but my hope is in You
  • Lament is not same as complaining
  • It is in the presence of God, not seeking for quick fix
  • Journey of searching for God, v16-17, God’s steadfast love
  • Person of Lament
  • in this passage, he is David
  • in Gospel, he is Christ Jesus
  • God shares the pain of this world when He loses His Son, dying on the cross
  • Lament is not just between you and God, it is between community and God
  • By living in the city, we share the lament of the city

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