Will You Forget Me Forever?

June 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

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Last week was tough.  Our psalms had a dark trend; there were multiple days between 8 and 15 in which we encountered lament psalms.  This week will be no different, especially on Sunday.  Sunday we will come to worship together with Psalm 22 on our hearts.

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You may recognize the opening lines of Psalm 22 if you are familiar with the crucifixion narrative found in the Gospel of Matthew.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus cried out from the cross.  Those words, known well by the Jews surrounding him, were chosen as his last. Lament is important.

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I am reading a book called Getting Involved With God : Rediscovering the Old Testament While talking about the lament psalms, the author reminds us that the Hebrew name for the book of Psalms is Tehillîm, or “Praises.”  We may be perplexed to find that there are more psalms of lament than anything else.  “When you lament in good faith, opening yourself to God honestly and fully — no matter what you have to say — then you are beginning to clear the way for praise,” the author explains.  Most of these psalms, after all, move resolutely to a point of praise and thanksgiving.

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These words have helped me a great deal.  In part because I just couldn’t understand how to engage these psalms with the community around me.  But also, and perhaps mostly, I needed to hear about the importance of honesty and boldness in my relationship with God.  Our God desires intimacy, and we cannot be intimate with those we are not honest with.

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And so, this Sunday, Psalm 22.

Love,
Chelsea

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§ One Response to Will You Forget Me Forever?

  • photopourquoi says:

    Thank you, Chelsea! Especially helpful is the insight into honest lament clearing the way for praise.

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