One-third of all the psalms in the Bible are what commentators call “laments.” And the lament of all laments is found in Psalm 22:
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief (22:1-2).
Have you ever felt that way? I suspect we all have! St. John of the Cross calls it “The Dark Night of the Soul.”
But I love the way the psalms of lament always end with hope. [Continue reading]