Living In The Psalms
Psalm 42: Lament
Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. We are so glad to have you join us today for Scripture Saturday. Today we are going to be looking at lament and how that could possibly tie in with God and His great love for us. Let’s dive into it!
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
This may seem like a depressing Psalm, but it is actually so important.
Have you ever been through a hard time when it just seems impossible to sing praises to God? I have, it is a human thing. We don’t feel like singing, “The joy of the Lord is my strength,” when we are not in a place of joy.
Life isn’t easy and we will go through pain, so it is important to remember that God is okay with your pain and your tears. Jesus understands your lament.
If we were to just sing happy songs, then we would be kidding ourselves. But we forget that God is okay with it. Jesus walked this Earth and on the cross He cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus knows our pain. He is with us and we know that He weeps with us.
Weep With Me- Rend Collective
‘…Weep with me
Lord will You weep with me?
I don’t need answers, all I need
Is to know that You care for me
Hear my plea
Are You even listening?
Lord I will wrestle with Your heart
But I won’t let You go…’
We can have so many questions but we know that it won’t break our faith. God is a God of love and we can trust that He is with us in the pain.
‘…You know I believe
Help my unbelief…’
Just because you are struggling, doesn’t mean that you have lost faith. We need to continue asking God for strength in the times of pain.
This song is an absolutely beautiful song to sing in the times of lament (passionate expression of sorrow). We need to always sing out to our God.
‘…Yet I will praise You
Yet I will sing of Your name
Here in the shadows
I’ll light up an offering of praise
What was true in the light
Is still true in the dark
You’re good and You’re kind
And You care for this heart
Lord I believe
You weep with me…’
God is here with us, even in the pain. You may feel hurt, you may feel broken, but you can trust that Jesus weeps with you. It hurts Him to see us in pain, He cares so much for us. So in the pain, don’t hold back but instead open up to Him. Jesus is the only one who can turn the sorrow into joy.
‘…Turn my lament into a love song
Turn my lament into an anthem
(Oh I need You now, I need You now)
Turn my lament into a love song
(Oh raise it up, raise it up)
Turn my lament into an anthem…’
So if you are struggling, or when you do face a trial, just remember that Jesus is always with you. His love never fails.
Jesus knows our pain. He weeps with us.
The Faith Filled Friends