What I am sharing this week comes from Graham Cooke’s book, Beholding and Becoming.
For me it’s difficult to see the pain and suffering that Jesus experienced, but there is precious insight to be revealed in His sorrow and pain.
Graham writes, “Worship is a multifaceted thing , there many different frequencies; Thanksgiving, Adoration, High Praise, Warfare praise, and Lamentations. Lamentations is the most powerful form of worship, but we rarely talk about it. God loves lamentations because it is the only worship that we can do in the absolute reality of where we are. We cannot hide anything in lamentation, and God doesn’t ask us to. In our lives, there are times when our situation is inescapable. A loved one dies; our grief is powerful and absolute. We cannot put our issue and feelings aside.”
“Lamentation is when we step into the very thing that is bothering us and worship God anyway. It is stepping into our pain, stepping into the reality of what life is like for us. ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him,’ Job13:15. ‘Here I am Lord,’ a lamenting worshiper says. ‘Things are bad, but You are glorious and I worship You.’ Things can be grim, but God is always the same. He is as worthy of worship on our worst day as He is on our best. Lamentations is about two words ‘ though’ and ‘yet’.”
Though the trees are not blossoming and the fields are not producing, yet I will rejoice in You (Habakkuk 3:17-18).
“Lamentations is a cold-blooded act of will – pushing our emotions aside and choosing to worship. God knowing the trust it takes to lament, has an indescribable and indefinable way of coming and being with us when we worship in our most painful moments. It is the most sincere form of adoration that exists, and God loves it and inhabits it.”
Jesus knowing all that was before Him walked through the sorrow and pain with dignity as He demonstrated for us the highest form of worship. Thank you Lord Jesus.
Cooke, Graham. Beholding and Becoming. Kent, England: Sovereign World, Ltd., 2004. (pages 22-24)