The Laments in the Psalms

Here it is as promised in my message this past Sunday: a list of the laments in the Psalms. You’ll notice two different types of laments – the individual lament and the communal. Communal Laments were written for…wait for it…the entire community or nation. Normally about a national calamity or sin. The individual laments are – don’t get ahead of me, here – for the individual, written from the perspective of one person dealing with some sort of pain or loss.

In all seriousness, the Laments are powerful. They should make you uncomfortable, they should stretch you. But they should also give you some measure of comfort as well. They come from a place of deep hurt and often times deep confusion. But I think they are vital to anyone who wants to grow close to God. Because we all hurt and we all have to deal with that hurt.

Hope these help you! Need more information on this? Listen to the message from Sunday.

Individual Laments
Psalms 3-7, 9-10, 13-14, 17, 22, 25-28, 31-32, 35-36, 38-39, 40:12-17, 41-43, 51-57, 59, 61, 64, 69-71, 77, 86, 88-89, 102, 109, 120, 130, 137, 139-143.

Community Laments
Psalms 12, 44, 60, 74, 79-80, 83, 85, 90, 94, 123, 126, 129


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