Psalms 77:1-3 I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah
This is a Psalm/song of lament. A lament is an expression of deep sorrow, pain, regret, or grief. It is the venting of inner feelings smoldering inside. Lamenting is one of the themes of the Bible, especially in the Bible book of Psalms. It’s putting words to or labeling our feelings and honestly expressing our struggles and questions. The Lord welcomes our venting.
Matthew 11:28 Come to me (Jesus), all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on Him (Jesus), because He cares for you.
The expressions of our hurts, pains, and sufferings are important. Yet sometimes it’s tough to find the words. The book of Psalms is full of laments, some as a result of our own mistakes and sins: Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 130; 143. Here is a list of other Psalms that might help put words to our venting to God:
- Psalm 5—When You are Persecuted
- Psalm 16—When You are Confused
- Psalm 17—When You Feel Alone
- Psalm 18—When You are in distress
- Psalm 22—When You Feel Forgotten
- Psalm 25—When You Feel Ashamed
- Psalm 27—When You are Afraid
- Psalm 31—When You Need Someone to Rescue You
- Psalm 33—When You are Worried about the World
- Psalm 37—When You Doubt That Your Life Will Matter
- Psalm 40—When Life Keeps Getting Worse
- Psalm 42—When Life Seems Hopeless
- Psalm 53—When You Doubt God’s Existence
- Psalm 55—When People Malign You
- Psalm 63—When You are Desperate
- Psalm 73—When You are Confused about God’s Plan
- Psalm 86—When You are Overwhelmed by Your Own Neediness
- Psalm 94—When You are Drowning
A key in venting is to pause: ‘selah’ (the instructing in Psalms to stop and let the words just read soak in) and then cry out and vent to God.
What are you frustrated with? What are you struggling with? How do you feel? Express them to God. He can take our raw, unfiltered, honest thoughts. He will meet us where we are! If you have been watching our live-stream Sunday worship gathering we are studying the Bible book of Job. Job truly vents his deep struggles. The book is a great help to us processing our own times of trouble. The series is called “#Whyme.” Please see our website for details.