An encouragement from a study of the Psalms (🧡)

The form & style of a lament psalm and a psalm of confidence are similar. In both, the psalmist expresses strong emotions over a crisis, whether individual or communal. In both, the psalmist appeals to God out of desperation. 1/
And while both types of psalms read similarly up to a point, the lament remains in a minor key as the psalmist keeps faith while wrestling with pain.
The psalm of confidence diverges at the end, going into a major key and culminating in an expression of confidence & trust. 2/
The interesting note is that there is no clear rhyme or reason as to how one psalmist composes a lament while another composes a ps of confidence & trust.

Both are inspired by God. Both teach us precious things about our God and the nature of faith. 3/
I am thankful for both because in giving us both kinds of songs, the Lord has given us a glimpse into different ways of dealing with grief, anger, & pain.
Whether we remain in a time of lament or feel inspired with a wave of confidence/trust, we are within God's good graces. 4/
Believers process crisis & loss differently. Some need time in the minor key of lament. Others are inspired to express confidence even during a storm. Both are right. Both are faithful.

Wherever you are with pain today, whether in lament or confidence, God sees you. β™₯️ /End
PS - there is a proportionality in the Psalter that's informative. There's balance bt lament & praise. This βš–οΈ means our worship should not only be triumphalistic, nor is it mainly lament.

God knows & cares that our lives encompass the full gamut of experiences & emotions.

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