What Is Lament?

Lament means it’s ok to cry. Jesus has welcomed everyone who trusts in him to express all their emotions to him.

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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!

Psalm 22:23-24 ESV

You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.


1 Samuel 1-3

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


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.


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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by Chris Llewellyn at Rend Collective

Folk | Country Gospel

Weep With Me

by Rend Collective

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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.

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Learning to Lament: Psalm 88

by Glen Scrivener

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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.


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