Grace World Outreach Church
Be Still My Soul: Lost Art of Lament
Pastor Daniel K Norris
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    20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
    Sunday 10:00 AM
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4 Stages of Wound Healing

When you experience a wound on part of your body, it goes through specific wound healing stages.

1) Bleeding
While not all wounds bleed, a puncture will. When this happens, the blood will begin to clot within a few minutes, and the bleeding stops. As the blood begins to dry, it will form a scab.

2) Swelling

After the formation of the scab, the body’s immune system begins to take action. It becomes swollen and tender. During this stage, which lasts from 2-5 days, white bloods cells are hard at work fighting infection and repairing the wound bed.

3) Tissue re-growth

After about five days the tissue re-growth stage begins. This new natural material is called granulation tissue, and it will be covered over with a new layer of skin. As the affected area continues to heal, the skin will pull the edges inward and the wound will get smaller.

4) Scar formation
The scar that has formed will be smaller than the original lesion, and the skin will be weaker and less flexible than that surrounding it. Scarring occurs because the granulation tissue has grown back differently than the original. The flawed area may fade or disappear entirely with time.

Scars are the present testimony resulting from past tragedy
Scars are the trophies earned from triumphing over the tragedy
Scars tell a story of healing

Proud Flesh tells a different story. It happens during the tissue regrowth stage. Where new healthy tissue should begin to form. The granulation tissue, overreacts, quickly builds over the wound, covers the wound, but doesn’t allow the actual wound itself to heal

Is a surface covering of “flesh", that doesn’t allow the original, underlying wound to heal. It is the result of a wound was not managed properly.

Many today are wandering around with past wounds that remain unhealed, it is just covered up with Proud Flesh. They settled for a speedy, surface healing, rather than taking the time to properly dress the original underlying hurt.

David was a warrior, a great king, an influential leader, a worshiper, a man after Gods own heart, and he was a lamenter.

His laments give us a Grid for our Grief. A pattern to follow when life doesn’t go the way you planned and your handed pain.

1) Turn To God

1 With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.

Where do you turn when life doesn’t go your way? Where you run when you’re hurt is telling.

Addullam - means retreat

David says retreat to God, Turn to God, pour out your complaint to Him. Go to God, and get real. Be honest.

If you don’t heal what hurt you, you’ll bleed on people who didn’t cut you

2) Cry For Help

5 I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”

The Theology of Suffering.

Phil 3:10 “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (NIV).

No promise in scripture of Easy Street. In fact you find the opposite, 2 Tim 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”

God is not afraid of your questions!

Lament - honest emotion expressed to God when life does not go as you had hoped or planned

If PRAISE invites God to come to His people (Ps 22), then I can conclude that LAMENTS invite God to come to my pain

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Ps 51:17

3. Speak the Truth

6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!

4) Trust The Lord

Ps 142:7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.

David says, you can fully trust God!

Is 61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

To refuse to lament is to refuse the Lord's promise to heal


Job’s friends “sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him because they saw how great his suffering was.” This was such a powerful act it became part of Jewish life.

This is called sitting shiva—literally ‘sitting sevens’ because friends will come and sit with one who mourns over a period of a week. This is perhaps the greatest example in scripture of what Paul commands in Romans: ‘Mourn with those who mourn.’

Take some time this week to sit in silence, use the Kippah we provided to cover yourself and pour your honest, pure emotion out before the Lord.

Journal your thoughts and look for God's response

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