We find great comfort in the past. Through our own experiences and through what we read in the Bible we gain both an understanding of God and of our relationship with Him. We live day to day with these memories as both our guide and our support system. We know God to be loving and caring and protecting and compassionate.
But sometimes in life we suffer and suddenly our God memories don’t seem to work. We experience discord when we are in conflict or in the midst of a life change or in the woes of a loss and the God we know seems absent. In this uncertainty we cry out to God. We bring our laments to God as a means of reminding God that to us, at that moment, He is not the God of love and care and,,, that we know.
In lament we also bring before God the suffering and pain of others. We lift up their need for God’s presence and intervention and we demand an answer or action on God’s part. In a sense we proclaim the suffering and hurt in the world to God so that He will act on it and be present to those in need.
In lament we remind both God and ourselves that He is the one who saved us from the powers of sin and death through Jesus and that He is the one we, His children, look to for our deliverance. Reminding God calls Him to action. Reminding ourselves brings reassurance and a reminder that although we may not know or see the plans of God, all is in God’s hands. In this we lay our trust and our hope. God is love. God is faithful. For these things, we say thanks be to God!
Scripture reference: Psalm 22: 9-15