WEEKLY PRAYER GUIDE
May 24, 2021
The biblical psalms feature several remarkable expressions of lament. In these laments, the worshipping community expresses grief and frustrations at the brokenness of the world, even in situations in which the community is not directly culpable or blameworthy. These biblical laments witness to God’s desire for honesty in worship. No experience in life is too difficult to be brought before God. A lament is an implicit act of faith in which the community of faith turns to God as the only source of hope and comfort.
Holy and mighty,
Holy immortal One,
Have mercy on us.
As the deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
My tears have been my food
Day and night,
While people say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.
The Worship Sourcebook
May this Psalm guide your prayers this week.