Have you ever heard of a lament?
In the Bible, a lament is a prayer for help from God, brought on by pain.
When we are in physical pain or emotional pain, we can cry out to God for help.
When the pain of fear has a tight grip on us, we can cry to our heavenly Father and He hears us.
At times, we hurt because of our concern for someone else.
That pain can be very real.
The pain can be for a loved one who is making harmful choices.
It can be over the ungodly actions of those around us–a neighborhood, a city, a country–even the world.
Can you hear the pain in this prayer from the Old Testament?
Lord! Help! Godly men are fast disappearing.
Where in all the world can dependable men be found?
Everyone deceives and flatters and lies.
There is no sincerity left.
Have you ever felt that way?
Wondering if there were really any people left who seek to live godly lives?
Wondering if any dependable people existed anymore?
Realizing that so many people are insincere in their words and actions?
Finding deceitfulness at every turn?
This verse is an pertinent today as it was two thousand years ago.
People everywhere are still making mistakes, still not following God and still being deceitful.
And because of that, we still hurt for others, hurt for ourselves and cry out to God in the midst of that hurt.
Whatever the problem may be, God is there.
Besides hurting because of the sinful actions of the world, people everywhere are suffering from illnesses beyond their control.
If we or someone we know is sick, God hears our prayers for help and healing.
He understands our lament, whatever it is about.
We need only cry out, “Lord! Help!”
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