Old Testament

Psalms

Psalms of Complaint – Discussion Questions

Interpretation Questions:

  1. What does it say about human life that so many of the psalms are comprised of complaint and lament?
  2. Theologians discuss “providence,” which explains how God acts in the world (or doesn’t). If we only read the psalms of lament, what understanding of providence would we have?

Application Questions:

  1. Some say that the psalms of lament give us permission to voice our anger at God. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  2. The psalms are specific in many was but not about the contexts in which they are meant to be used. How does the lack of specificity affect how we use them liturgically or individually?
  3. Do we have contemporary equivalents to individual psalms of lament? What about communal psalms of lament? If not, should we?

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