Praise and Lament in Worship
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
We perhaps think of worship as being equated with music. But a biblical perspective on worship is much broader. We may think of worship as being primarily praise, but again a biblical view is much deeper.
While we do not have any detailed examples of Israel’s tabernacle worship, we do have texts which we know were used in worship.
The psalms were prayers and in some cases were prayers before they were songs. But not all psalms were the same, or served the same function. There were psalms of victory, or confession, or lament.
The use of psalms in worship is meant to embrace all of life, for worship deals with truth. Truth at times brings pain and hurt and is not to be avoided.
The power is not in the escape from circumstances but in embracing the truth that with our God, we are never alone. We are in His care and worship expresses that gratitude to the Father. The psalms are the heart book of the soul.