How Long? by Bifrost Arts
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Holy Week Song Day 2: How Long? by Bifrost Arts
This phrase of lament "how long, Lord?" is found extensively across Scripture -- Psalms 6, 13, 35, 79, 80, 89, 90, 94, Isaiah, Zechariah, even Revelation! In seasons of suffering, doubt, and despair, God's people cry out "How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?" (Psalm 13:1-2). This tells us two things: 1) It is okay to ask questions of God, feel doubts about God, or feel sorrow about something God allows and 2) He hears us when we cry out.
Often, in times of great suffering, Christian culture can seem to say "Nothing should bother you, really. You know Jesus! Everything will be okay." This simply isn't biblical. We see people who know God and trust fully in His word crying out in prayer, "How long, O Lord, will you let these horrible things continue?" Even Jesus Himself cried out a prayer of lament on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34).
For our second day of Holy Week, I wanted to express the deep value in prayer or singing lament to God. He can handle our emotions, even the ugly and negative ones. He is not a God unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but has experienced all of our human emotions (Heb 4:15). Consider bringing your lament before Christ this week, as we continue to wrestle with the suffering of our world. I pray this song encourages you to do that!
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