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April 2023

Praise and Lament


I would like to begin by asking you, as I ask myself, this question: ‘What kind of a Christian are you? Do you tend towards being a praise Christian ~ forever praising? Or towards being a lament Christian ~ forever lamenting?’ Well, the pattern that God shows us throughout the Bible is that we are called to combine both praise and lament, to keep them both together. Any other pattern will ultimately prove to be unsatisfactory. So why is it that as individuals, and corporately in our Western churches, we have largely lost the balance between praise and lament and what kind of price are we paying for having done so?