This past Sunday, Mark Vroegop preached a sermon at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on Psalm 77 entitled, The Grace of Lament. Vroegop has recently published a book entitled, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, which I haven’t had an opportunity to read yet. However, after listening to this sermon I suspect I’ll be making time for this book soon.
In our current study of Job, we looked at a difficult lament in chapter 3 this past Sunday. I would strongly encourage you to listen to this sermon from Pastor Vroegop for your own general edification and for help in better understanding Job. Here are some of my notes from his sermon:
- Simply put, lament is a prayer in pain that leads to trust.
- Lament is the language of a people who believe in God’s sovereignty but live in the real world of tragedy.
- Lament is humbly (and honestly) praying through the pain.
- Biblical lament doesn’t grieve aimlessly or selfishly, it grieves, but it redirects people to what is true despite what they are walking through.
- Grief is exhausting because we are constantly swinging between “I believe” and “Help my unbelief.”
Click here to listen to the sermon: “The Grace of Lament”
I would also encourage you to listen to this song based on Job from Shane and Shane. It has the added bonus of a sermon clip from John Piper at the end.