5 Psalms of Lament From The Bible

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Lament psalms teach Christians that crying to the Lord is normal for He hears the sorrows, cries and worries of His people. He welcomes us close to him. In all our troubles and grieves, the Lord our God is right beside us. He does understand us whether we are in pain or not.

He is always available to listen to your worries and grievances and He will surely give you a positive response. However, some types of Psalms help us comprehend and express our thoughts, worries, emotions and lamentations to God.

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Psalm 130

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Verse: Psalm 130:1, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!”

We sometimes get into misery because of our own sins. It becomes the barrier to our progressive relationship with the Lord. Psalm 130 is one of the Bible’s songs sung by pilgrims travelling to the religious feasts at Jerusalem.

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Psalm 130 is also called Pilgrim Songs. It’s Psalm that expresses sorrow for one’s sin and keeping eye on the Led while we cry for His mercies and grace.

 

Psalm 6

Verse: Psalm 6:3, “My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?”

We are sometimes filled with pain over sickness, persecution, harassment etc whether it’s from our own doing or not. There are also times when we feel hurt so badly that we do not think the pain or grief would heal anytime soon. This Psalm is said to be written by David where he called for God’s rescue, healing and mercy.

 

Psalm 38

Verses: Psalm 38:9-11, “All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbours stay far away.”

We don’t only feel physical or emotional pain but sometimes we feel some weight troubling our peace that can get us to our knees and pray to the Lord. The acts of those around us can make us think too much and hurt us so badly. Psalm 6 and Psalm 28 are two strong lamentations that show fervent guilt over sin and plead for forgiveness and relief.

 

Psalm 10

Verse: Psalm 10:1, “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”

When we fall into troubles, we find ourselves looking for ways wanting to find quick remedies for it. We look around us instead of concentrating on what goes on with us. Sometimes, we see others going through a similar situation but don’t suffer or pain as much as we are. However, we appear to be the only people been eaten up by the problems in our lives.

The psalmist in Psalm 10 gives us focuses towards the individual “wicked man” (verse 2) who hunts for the weak and kills the innocent. After all these, the wicked man still prospers. “Why?” the psalmist asks. Why does the wicked man prosper and God stands aloof and detached, “far off” (verse 1), while he and others suffer so greatly?

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Psalms 42-43

Verse: Psalm 42:7, “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”

The repetition of these two Psalms indicates that they were originally one song and in many Hebrew manuscripts, Psalms 42 and 43 as one Psalm. In Psalm 42:3-4, the psalmist seems to shake his head bitterly as he reveals, “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.”

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