Psalm 22 is what’s known as a lament psalm. It’s a prayer for help; a cry for deliverance. We live in a world where suffering happens and often with no good explanation. And friends, despite the darkness of Holy Week, despite these dark days our world is facing right now, Easter is coming. Suffering is inescapable; but suffering is not the end. All suffering can be transformed into new life. That’s the Easter message. The empty tomb has vindicated the cross.
Friends: Christianity is not a denial of suffering. It is a trust that suffering is not the end. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed and frightened and anxious right now. Like Jesus on that cross, we may be feeling forsaken, abandoned and helpless. And if that is how you feel, tell it to God. Write your own psalm of lament, using the outline below. Don’t pull any punches; don’t hold anything back because God is big enough to take it.
The Structure of a Lament Psalm
Share your lament psalm with us in the comments.
My husband and I met in seminary. Britt was a member of the West Ohio Conference and I was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference. Once we’d decided to marry, we knew we would have a big decision to make about who would transfer their conference membership. (It seemed like such a big deal at the time. Yet today, ironically, neither of us are a member of either of those conferences!
Some have heard me tell the story of one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. I got bullied a lot in middle school, mostly because I was small and awkward and not at all athletic AND because my best classes were English and literature. (I should add I was raised in a local culture that placed the highest value on things like sports, math and science.) In my 8th grade English class was another boy, Donald, who also got picked on. He, too, was awkward, bookish, and had verbal skills well beyond his age. But he seemed to relish his nerdiness (or maybe he just had a healthier ego than me). Now, the only thing more embarrassing than being picked on for knowing all of the answers in English class was not knowing an answer in English class… and one day that happened.
See what people are saying about Trinity. Read and watch testimonies.