Presentation on theme: "My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and accept."— Presentation transcript:
My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and accept all the difficulty I may meet therein. My God, give me the grace to perform this action with you and through love for you. In advance, I offer to you all the good that I will do and accept all the difficulty I may meet therein. St. Ann, Pray for us. St. Francis de Sales, Pray for us.
Overview June 5: Introduction to the Book of Psalms June 12: Psalms of Praise June 19: Psalms of Lamentation June 26: No Session July 3: No Session July 10: Psalms of Thanksgiving July 17: The Theology of the Psalms July 24: Learning to Pray the Psalms – Liturgy of the Hours
To express grief for or about; mourn: To regret deeply; deplore To grieve audibly; wail. To express sorrow or regret.
Psalms of Lamentation – Lament An Overview The function of a Lament or Psalm of Petitionary Praise To provide a structure for crisis, hurt, grief, or despair To move a worshipper from hurt to joy, from darkness to light, from desperation to hope. This movement from hurt to joy is first and foremost a spiritual movement It may take the form of psychological or liturgical experience It is not necessarily a physical deliverance from the crisis, although that is often anticipated. The movement "out of the depths"
Psalms of Lament General format of a Psalm of Lament An address to God; a complaint; a request Usually an expression of trust. Kinds of complaints include: Concerns with the psalmists own thoughts and actions Concerns with the actions of an enemy or prevailing attitude Concerns with God's action or inaction
Types of Psalm of Lament Types of laments: Corporate Lament Expressing deep sorrow for the travails of a nation and as a group asking for God's blessing or intervention. Commonly found in printed form following major natural disasters, plague, or oppression by surrounding nations. Psalm 58
Types of Psalm of Lament Types of laments: Personal Lament Spoken in the first person Cries of despair, anger, protest and doubt directed toward God Not something the biblical writers or God himself were ashamed to put into Holy Scripture. Psalm 77
Types of Psalm of Lament Types of Laments: Lament of Repentance Express sorrow for personal sin Repentance is where we start our relationship with God (message of John the Baptist and Jesus) 7 Penitential Psalms - 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143 The fifty-first Psalm (Miserere) was recited at the close of daily morning service in the primitive Church. Psalm 51
Types of Psalm of Lament Types of Laments: Lament of Imprecation An appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group If you really don't like someone you can shout out an imprecation at them. More than simply the use of bad language (although that can be involved, too) An imprecation is a damning curse wishing them nothing but ill. Psalms of Imprecation: 35,69, 83, 88, 109, 137, 140 Psalm 137 Psalm 140 Selah (Hebrew: סֶלָה , also transliterated as selāh) is a word used 74 times in the Hebrew Bible that means GOD HAS SPOKEN.Hebrew
Psalms of Imprecation What are we to make of curses? There is constant tension in the Bible between love of people and hatred of evil. Apathy about evil is worse thank ignorance of it. So what must we do about evil? We must uproot selfish vindictiveness (Gal.5:15, Ja.4:13-16) We must love the enemies of God (Isa.48:9; 2Pet.3:9; Col.1:21; Rom.5:10) We must hate & resist evil (1Cor.10:3-5 & Eph.6:12) but trust God to take care of any retribution In none of the Psalms of Imprecation does the author hope to mete out retribution from his or her own hand.
Understanding the Psalms of Lament Suffering, pain, grief, loss, doubt, guilt, are part of the human experience The psalmist does not reject or ignore suffering, but faces it in faith and trust Recognize the role of anger in dealing with suffering. It is in these issues before God that true healing may begin. Psalms of Lament are not meant to be politically correct but to express to God how life really is. Placing pain, sorrow, grief and anger before God is the only place these things will ever make sense. It is only God who can transform them. (see: The Cross)