May 6, 2009

I heard a sermon a few weeks back on the subject of suffering and lament. I figured I’d pass it on, and re-type some general thoughts into my own words.

As we know, the psalms are kind of the basis for a lot of the “praise and worship” we do corporately every week. Well check out Psalm 88.

Pretty wrenched stuff, huh?  It seems like throughout the Psalms and the rest of the Bible, the writers embrace the idea of lament. It’s part of life. Suffering happens. Yet we serve a God that decided to reach down into that suffering and touch us, thus bringing it upon himself.

There is this theme throughout the Bible that equates the world’s current state with birth. How creation is bellowing out in pain for the birth of something new. I really think this is a beautiful picture. If you ask any mother what the birthing process was like she will tell you it was the most pain she has ever experienced. If you follow up that question with asking what she felt when she first met eyes with her newborn, she will most likely say it was one of the most beautiful moments of her life.

I know this seems like a cluster of a post, but all I am saying is this: God willingly engages with us despite our imperfect world where horrible things happen. Furthermore, through all of that pain and lament we will eventually reach victory and life.



  1. This post reminded me of a verse God gave me a couple months ago: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10)

  2. nice verse mel!

  3. Great thoughts. It’s actually kinda astounding how NOT “happy-clappy” the Bible is and, yet, our services and worship are.

    Bono has a great quote about that here:


  4. shameless plug. hahah jk

  5. “These are the days that must happen…” – Walt Whitman

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