Psalms of Lament
We all struggle with the paradox of pain and the promises of God’s goodness. The Bible teaches us to run to God in our pain through lament. Lament is a prayer in pain that leads to trust. We can’t be right with God until we get honest—brutally honest—about our brokenness and our inability to fix ourselves.
“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.” – Psalm 77:1
Prayer: Lord, I know that You are the maker of heaven and earth. My help only comes from You. Please hear my prayers. Remember me in Your compassionate mercy, and help me in my time of need.
“Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” – Psalm 4:1
Prayer: God, Your Word says that when I pray to You with impure motives I will not receive from You (James 4:3). Today, I confess my sin to You and trust that You will forgive me, purify my heart, and hear my prayers.
“Lord, I seek refuge in you; let me never be disgraced. Save me by your righteousness. Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly. Be a rock of refuge for me, a mountain fortress to save me. For you are my rock and my fortress; you lead and guide me for your name’s sake. You will free me from the net that is secretly set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I entrust my spirit; you have redeemed me, Lord, God of truth.” – Psalm 31:1-5
Prayer: Father, let me always look to You as my protector and my place of safety. You are my God. Teach me to trust You daily with my life.
“But I call to God and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moans and he hears my voice.” – Psalm 55:16-17
Prayer: I thank you for hearing me. You are the God who saves. Help me to consistently call upon Your name, Jesus. Even when I am worn and exhausted with the troubles of the day, let me find sweet solace and refreshment in pouring out my soul to You. May I be filled with the power of Your Spirit. You are worthy of my trust and praise.
“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord! Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help.” – Psalm 130:1-2
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I wonder if you hear me. Am I so deep in this pit that Your grace no longer reaches me? In Your great mercy, listen to my cries for help. Deliver me from all my fears and help me now.
“Lord, hear my prayer. In your faithfulness listen to my plea, and in your righteousness answer me…let me experience your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in you. Reveal to me the way I should go because I appeal to you.” – Psalm 143:1, 8
Prayer: Lord, bring to my mind all the ways You have been faithful. Open my eyes to the new mercies You have for me this day. Your Word lights my path, but I long for the day when Your glory will be the only light I need. I entrust myself to You today.
Take Time to Reflect: Meditate on this past week’s Psalms. Focus on putting your trust in the One who always hears your prayers and encourages you to cast all cares on Him.