The meditation psalms to date have been psalms of praise, thanksgiving, gratitude. God's glory and positive outlook are the focus. Today's psalm is a psalm of lamentation. If we are honest with ourselves, it's entirely possible that if we allow ourselves, that would be where we would spend the majority of out time: in lamentation. Or maybe that's just how this age feels, if we pay attention to the news at all.There is surely a time to face our worries and fears. To express them, to deal with them. This psalm certainly gives us language we can use. It's a good model to follow because, though the laments are honestly expressed, they are always followed by a plea to God for mercy, aid or relief.
Psalms of lamentation are a good reminder that however bleak things look, God will always be there for us.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call.
Questions for reflection:
- How can you keep your honesty from becoming a pattern of negativity?
- Staying focused on praise, thanksgiving and gratitude while facing issues head on would be a good start.
- Favoring listening (to God, to others) over lamenting.
- Asking for God's help at all times.
- What distress or groaning would you like to express to God today?
- Actually, all things considered, on balance: Thank you Lord I am groan-free today.