Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lament, but Trust

America no longer is concerned with Truth. We have sacrificed the good of the country and the good of the least of these for the ever insatiable and subjective good of the individual. Truth has been reduced to a mere nuisance. May we be driven to repentance.

Lament.

Lamentations 3:37-39
Whose command was ever fulfilled
unless the Lord decreed it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that everything comes-
both calamity and blessing?
Why should any living person complain
when punished for his sins?

3: 40-42
Let us carefully examine our ways,
and let us return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven:
"We have blatantly rebelled; you have not forgiven."

5:15-22
Our hearts no longer have any joy;
our dancing is turned to mourning.
The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
Because of this, our hearts are sick;
because of these things, we can hardly see through our tears.
For wild animals are prowling over Mount Zion,
which lies desolate.
But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures from generation to generation.
Why do you keen on forgetting us?
Why do you forsake us for so long?
Bring us back to yourself, O Lord, so
that we may return to you;
renew our life as in days before,
unless you have utterly rejected us
and are angry with us beyond measure.

But Trust:

For your loyal love extends beyond the sky,
and your faithfulness reaches the clouds (Psalm 57:10).

Romans 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how fathomless his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, and who has been his counselor? Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

All verses are taken from the New English Translation.

9 comments:

Dan said...

I've been watching this day approach for decades yet my heart refuses to be consoled. Thanks for the encouraging words.

Anonymous said...

What if God ordained Barack to be president?

There are lots of passages that say that God raises up leaders.

I hate to have such strong words because they might be construed as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

Sarah Geis said...

Anonymous,

There is nothing in my post that should lead to your question.

God is sovereign, but that does not invalidate lament.

Tom said...

Why the capital T? I'm confused.

Sarah Geis said...

Tom,

It is for emphasis in extremely loose poetic form.

Tom said...

Okay, now I'm Clear. I thought that You were a Platonist.

http://inchristus.wordpress.com said...

Is lament the only response? While nothing in your post suggests that it is, nothing in your post suggests that it is not.

Should not believers rise up to their knees in prayer as well? Should not believers hail King Jesus who remains enthroned over this nation? Practically everything in your posts bespeaks a prayerful tone, yet where is the confidence that God reigns supremely, lovingly, and meticulously sovereign over the casualties of this election.

I week for those who can only weep.

Sarah Geis said...

Ah, while you are absolutely right, there still is a time for everything. This includes a time for the believer to lament. For the Christian this time absolutely must include crying out to God in prayer throughout, or it turns to despair. I too weep for those who can only weep, but nevertheless there are times when weeping is a legitimate response.

James said...

Great site, keep up the good work.