Day 290 – October 17, 2021
Scriptures: Jeremiah 52, Psalm 74, Lamentations 1
“How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.” (Lamentations 1:1)
“Remember the nation you purchased long ago, the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed— Mount Zion, where you dwelt.” (Psalm 74:2)
Jeremiah closes with a historical record of Jerusalem’s fall and deportation to Babylon. Lamentations laments the destruction of the city. Jerusalem, once brimming with life, now lies desolate, temple ransacked and destroyed.
We ask of God, what the Psalmist does, “Remember the nation you purchased long ago, the people of your inheritance.”
Lament is God’s people asking, “God will you remember us?”
Will God remember his promises, his covenant with the people? Can we trust God to make this right?
Lamentations will give language to the grief and sorrow experienced in the moments of life where trusting in God seems almost impossible.
As we walk through the text, perhaps it will give you words of lament as well to take to God. He can handle our grief, and deliver us through it.
Remember us God!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.