LAMENTATION FOR PRAISE

LAMENTATION FOR PRAISE

For such a time as this!

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1

As we lament the things in our world that have been turned upside down by the covid 19 pandemic, I’ve been struck by another thought. What if our lament should actually be for the lives we were living before covid infected the world around us?

What if God is actually giving us this time to reset and reframe our vision, allowing Him to reorder our inner world to something more closely aligned with Him?

I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. Isaiah 42:8

Weeks of self-quarantine have alerted me to all the blessings I have taken for granted—my freedom to choose, the abundance of food, the luxury of paper products, the gathering of friends, hugs and handshakes, and the list goes on. I sense we have been given this moment in time to make a choice—to lament our lack or embrace the abundance of opportunity to slow down and press in to God.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 

So, in this season, I will take time to lament—not what’s been lost in these past few weeks, but what I had lost before in the way of a grateful heart and attitude of thanksgiving. I will give God permission to expose all my idols and fears so that He might enlarge my trust in Him.

I will exchange lamentation for praise, acknowledging His goodness and loving kindness. He is enlarging the place of our tents so that we might more fully reflect who He truly is to a world desperately waiting for the sons of God to be revealed.

What do you find yourself lamenting in these days of confinement?

Is there anything to lament in your way of life before this virus?

What can you find to praise God for in this time of spiritual enlargement?

When this is all over, what do you wish to leave behind?

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