Day 8: Say What You Need to Say

“Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God’s goodness.”  – Pastor Mark Vroegop

Be Quiet.  Sit still and silent for 2 minutes.  Let your mind be aware that God is present with you. When you get distracted, don’t fight with yourself.  Simply turn your thoughts again to Him.  Imagine the delight your Father feels because you showed-up to be with Him!  Breath slowly and relax.

Scripture.  Psalm 77:1-3 “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.  I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.

Meditation.  Of the 150 Psalms in the Bible, 67 are laments.  To read them is to see what it looks like when God’s people pray from the pit of deep distress.  The Psalmists describe the agony they feel in their spirit, mind, and body.  They loudly cry, complain, moan, and hold God responsible for their suffering.  Asaph, the writer of Ps 77, prayed his way to hope.  After he voiced his misgivings about God, he thought about the miracles of old.  He remembered that God delivered His people from bondage in Egypt by miraculously parting the Red Sea, opening an escape route for them.

I like what Pastor Mark Vroegop has written, “Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God’s goodness.”  Our laments are therapeutic outlets for the human emotions we were created to experience

When you and I lament to God, it’s proof that we’re growing in intimacy with Him.  It implies we feel safe enough in His love to say anything without worrying about getting cancelled.

Question to Ponder.   How did you cope the last time you were in terrible distress?

Connect with God.  Write a lament to God about your past or present agony.  Don’t withhold anything out of fear.  God can handle your pain, so say what you need to say. Then remember a miraculous deed God has performed.  Consider the virgin birth and resurrection of Jesus; the turning of water to wine; Jesus feeding 5000+  with 2 loaves and 5 fish; Jesus healing blind, diseased, crippled, and demonized people; Jesus gracious saving you. 

Connect with People.  Read your lament to a trustworthy friend.