Lent Devotions: Day 13
Trusting God in Lament
Read: Psalm 13
But I have trusted in your steadfast love. (v. 5)
After addressing God and offering their complaints, the psalms of lament often turn to statements of trust. How can that be? Isn’t the psalmist contradicting himself by asking, “How long?” on the one hand and then saying, “I trust God” on the other?
Addressing God in prayer and bringing forth complaints actually implies that we believe God can do something about our situations and will help. By opening ourselves to be vulnerable before God, we can see our situation differently. We are reminded that we are not alone. God is with us, even in our times of pain and trouble.
Also, as we reflect on our trust in God, we are reminded of the ways God has brought us through difficulties in our past. Reflecting on the way God has been faithful in the past is a way of helping us trust that God will continue to be faithful in the future.
Praying out of lament both implies trust and requires humility. When we pray out of lament we understand that we cannot remedy our situation alone. The trouble in our lives is more than we can bear. We are totally and utterly dependent on God. It is at this stage in the prayer of lament that we trust God and rely fully on him. As you pray today, voice your trust to God as you remember the ways he has been faithful in your past. –Jeremy Kreuze
Prayer: Oh Lord, in the midst of the difficulties in life, I