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yesterday i listened to kit preach on psalm 97. he made a point that i’ve been thinking about ever since. the Psalms are full of rejoicing and lament: rejoicing over God and his hand at work in the world, and lament when it seems as though that hand is absent.

rejoice or lament. it seems its one or the other, but it’s never silence.

silence isn’t ever the response of the Psalter when things are hard and I think that’s prescriptive. when things are great, its given a voice. when things aren’t and it’s hard, its given a voice. both acknowledge God, but silence doesn’t.

i often battle to give a voice to hard stuff because I’ve got this niggling idea in the back of my head that says to do so makes me an ungrateful kid. but it doesn’t have to be that way, i’m free to give it all a voice – in fact, i’m built to.

i can lament circumstances in a way that acknowledges and is respectful, which is great. silence doesn’t acknowledge and its not respectful, so I need to work hard to speak.

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August 27th, 2011 at 11:24 am

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