This sermon was based on Psalms 13.
How Long, O Lord?
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Coming to God
• David addresses God directly.
• Acknowledging God is in control.
• God restored relationship with us through suffering.
Praying in the Pain
• David is in real anguish.
• Lamenting is worship. Worship being all of ourselves coming to God.
• David pouring out his genuine pain before God.
Asking God for Help
• In spite of David’s pain, the anguish he’s experiencing, there is real faith.
• Short-term healing vs wrapping yourself intimately with God.
• Complaint vs Lament
• There is salvation in pouring out our pain before God.
• Finding meaning in our lament with the gospel.
• Deepening our relationship with God through lamenting.
• God longs for closeness with us.
• Romans 8:28
• Hebrews 5:7
• “There is not a single Psalm of lament that stops with lamentation. Lamentation has no meaning in and of itself. The lament appeals to the one who can remove suffering.” – Claus Westermann
• “The purpose of lament is to reconstruct meaning when suffering leaves us disoriented.” – Elizabeth Hall