Psalm of Lament
Lament is a special form of prayer. It is defined as, “A passionate expression of grief or sorrow.” It is usually associated with some form of loss. The prayer of lament is a prayer of truth-telling.
So many of us have had to say goodbye to so many things immeasurably in the past 18 months, and we don’t think of these things as worthy of grief, but they are. We’re grieving a way of life.
What piece of either local or global Corona-news has affected you the most in past weeks/months?
What have you lost in this time?
What did you have to stop doing in this time?
What did Corona interrupt in your life?
What control did you lose?
What plans/dreams did you have to let go of?
What has changed in this time? (Personally, in your family, in your community, in your country, globally.)
The features of Lament
Psalms of Lament are normally addressed to God, offering a complaint
Psalms of Lament are not overly concerned with how one ‘should’ be feeling but rather pouring out the feelings that are actually inside of us. They are going to come out in some way in your life, so this is a healthy way to appropriate them and bring them to God (offered with unfiltered emotions and language)
Lament format Psalm 142 – A Psalm by (….your name)
1. Start by addressing God
2. Then own graphic emotions, thoughts, expressions, feelings, pain – can be very
messy. Include people you blame or are angry at, for this Corona-time.
3. Clear/definite turning point (BUT)
4. Expressions of forgiveness (forgive others or confess your own sins)
5. Expressions of faith and hope in God. Declarations of who God is (his character)
6. Choice to Worship. (What is God saying to you personally?)
7. Then pray/sing your Psalm of Lament to God.
Your lament may also include
- Questions you want answered
- Concerns regarding your own thoughts. The lies that you believe, for example. The confusion that you struggle with. The anger and frustration that you are experiencing.
- The sin/abuse/brokenness that you endured/are enduring and the acknowledgement of how it affected you (and is currently affecting you).
- How this has affected how you see Him. (If you feel distant, tell him. If you don’t know, tell him that.
- Letting go – of regrets, expectations etc.