What Is Lament?

From the Team 
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that through the power of your Holy Spirit, you would use the content on this page to wrap your arms around our friend who lands here. Keep them from running away from you in their pain. Give them courage to express everything on their heart to you in faith that you hear, and you care, and you can do something about their pain. Reveal to them the depth of your love for them, that you would give your Son Jesus to die for their sins so that they would not have to fear your condemnation. Would you help them see you as you are—a loving Heavenly Father who can handle whatever emotion we express to you. And would you turn their inner turmoil into trust as they give their heart to you in prayer.  In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

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It's okay to cry

God has welcomed everyone who trusts in Jesus to pour out their hearts to him. He wants us to take our pain to him.

Theme Verse
Hebrews 4:16 ESV

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


What Is Lament?
Article: 10 Min

Grief: How Does the Bible Speak to Our Sorrow?




Lament turns to God in pain, tells him why we are sad, asks for his help, and leads us to trust.

by Mark Vroegop

Video: 2 Min
by Aubrey Sampson at Nav Press
Article: 7 Min

The Gift of Lament

by Ernie Baker at the Biblical Counseling Coalition


The ship of prayer
may sail through all
temptations, doubts and
fears, straight up to the
throne of God; and
though she may be
outward bound with only
griefs, and groans, and sighs,
she shall return freighted
with a wealth of blessings!

Article: 7 Min

What Are the Psalms of Lament?

by Got Questions Ministries


1 Samuel 1-3

Read about Hannah, how she handled her grief, and how her grief fit into God’s plan for his people.
Article: 10 Min

The Way of Lament

by Christina Fox at Ligonier Ministries


Trust in him
at all times,
you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:8 NIV

The Book of Lamentations

This book of poetry is an expression of deep sorrow. God preserved it in his Word to help us walk through grief.


Cry Out

by Roy Tosh feat. Quinten Coblentz

Praying Through Grief

by Samuel Chadwick

Great grief prays with great earnestness. Prayer is not a collection of balanced phrases; it is the pouring out of the soul. What is love if it be not fiery? What are prayers if the heart be not ablaze? They are the battles of the soul. In them men wrestle with principalities and powers… The prayer that prevails is not the work of lips and fingertips. It is the cry of a broken heart and the travail of a stricken soul.

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Video: 6 Min
by Chris Llewellyn at Rend Collective

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Weep With Me

by Rend Collective
Video: 3 Min
by Matt Chandler at The Village Church
Romans 8:26 NIV

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Video: 1 Min
Messages: 41 Min

Learning to Lament:
Psalm 88

by Glen Scrivener

Psalms for the Grieving
Video: 1 Min
Article: 7 Min

Lament Like a Christian Hedonist

How Joy in God Bears Real Pain

by Matthew Westerholm at Desiring God

Psalm 42 ESV

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

Video: 5 Min
by The Worship Initiative feat. Hannah Hardin & Bethany Bernard

Praise & Worship

Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call

by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
Article: 10 Min

Dare to Hope in God: How to Lament Well

by Mark Vroegop at Desiring God