O Lord, Hear Our Groaning!

15-11-08 -Lament2-Lam a-Groaning.013An acrostic poem with Lament in its name; that groans off the page with agonizing intensity. That would be the Old Testament book of Lamentations. Our series, Lament: Talking with God through Pain and Suffering continues.  We ‘tag-teamed’ this sermon, with Cheryl Lavornia giving us the gripping context of the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC, and the importance of  giving lament the silence and attention it requires. Listen to the sermon here. It was also a poignant reminder for Sunday’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

I shot this phone video of a beautiful song led by our music team as part of the service. Listen to the song. (Here are the words:)

Your Hands
by David Heller, JJ Heller, and Katie Herzig

I have unanswered prayers,
I have trouble I wish wasn’t there.
And I have asked a thousand ways
that You would take my pain away,
That You would take my pain away.

I am trying to understand
how to walk this weary land.
Make straight the paths that crooked lie,
O Lord, before these feet of mine,
O Lord, before these feet of mine.

When my world is shaking, Heaven stands.
When my heart is breaking, I never leave Your hands.

When you walked upon the earth,
You healed the broken, lost, and hurt.
I know you hate to see me cry,
one day You will set all things right,
One day You will set all things right.

When my world is shaking, Heaven stands.
When my heart is breaking, I never leave Your hands.

Your hands that shape the world are holding me,
they hold me still.
Your hands that shape the world are holding me,
they hold me still.

When my world is shaking, Heaven stands.
When my heart is breaking, I never leave Your hands.

 

2 thoughts on “O Lord, Hear Our Groaning!”

  1. Beautiful lyrics and beautifully performed!

    I found myself on the NYC A train from Brooklyn to Penn Station at 5pm tonight and as I looked around the crowded train, I saw nothing but groaning. It was silent groaning, but everyone looked worn down, sour and tired from a day working in New York. If I had mirror and could see my face, I probably would have looked the same way. Across the train, I saw a woman smiling and it brightened my mood. I don’t know why she was smiling, but it impacted me. It brought me back to my daily devotional today from the ODB site that talked about being the light of the world and living as children of light —- Ephesians 5:8. Even amongst a train full of groans, one smile seemed more powerful.

  2. Lyle,

    No book has helped me more than Chambers “Ultimate Refuge” on Job. In it he says that every man, given the reality of sin, should be a pessimist, apart from redemption. He often says “Life is tragic,” and that Jesus’ mission was based on this, that being death. It’s helped me face the reality of life, that sin makes things tragic, and the only way out is redemption. It’s so much better for me to know that Jesus faced death head on, letting it do its worst, as NT Wright says, exhausting all it has, the death of death, to nullify the tragedy of it. I’m reading again Chambers’ Notes on Jeremiah and how he suffered with the people, and how Jesus was a prophet like Jeremiah.
    All to say that as I listen to the messages and that wonderful song, it occurred to me the word that describes Christ Church- anointed. And this was what deeply touched my life in those 2 precious years I was ordained to be with you all.

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