Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 56

LAMENT - Carlson “anger, rage, self-depreciation, immobilization, apathy, self-absorption, shame, guilt, taintedness, flatness.”27 Consider the selections of biblical lament below. Psalm 22:1–8 For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. “He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” Lamentations 3:46–54 “All our enemies have opened their mouths wide against us. We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction.” Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed. 27. Ibid., 97. 55