June 20: Lament and Hope

June 20: Lament and Hope

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Chris Rowekamp

“The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”
—Psalm 6:9-10 ESV

In these last two verses, David turns from lament to hope.

He hasn’t seen any changes in his circumstances, but he is sure of this: “The Lord accepts my prayer.”

And that, of course, changes everything.

Because with God on his side, his enemies will have no choice but to turn back in shame.

Maybe you, like David, find yourself weary from weeping (see verses 6-7).

Lament and hope are not mutually exclusive. We can weep (like David did) and also have an unshakeable confidence that God will come through for us.

So today, hold both your lament and your hope before God.

Both are forms of prayer, and both are holy.

And remember, God hears you. Stand firm in that truth.

Here is a short prayer to help you invite God into every moment of your day:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: Thank you for hearing me.

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