In a previous post, I made reference to a Michael Gungor article that talked about the lack of Psalm-like laments in our modern-day worship repertoire. I believed his points were valid, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them from a songwriting and song selection perspective.
A recent trip to Nicaragua, however, has given me some answers on what we’re not supposed to do with laments. Even though many North Americans would see the conditions in Nicaragua and say, “They don’t have much,” there is little trace of that attitude among the people of Nicaragua. I was continually moved by the joy and generosity expressed by our brothers and sisters there. There were no complaints to be heard during the whole trip.
I have to believe that if laments have a place in our worship, they can’t be based from an attitude of complaining about how we wish we had more of this or that or a “my life stinks” kind of statement. David wrote about his problems, but he would always express confidence that God would deliver. I (currently) believe that laments should be based on the as-yet-unfulfilled things that are on God’s heart – for the lost to be saved, for broken relationships to be mended, for the captive to liberated, for the hungry to be filled.
“Oh God, that our hearts would be broken by what breaks your heart…amen.”
Here’s a new video with two of my Nicaraguan brothers. They did such a good job of asking the right questions and applying what I had the privilege to show them.
Dios les bendiga…