When Pain is Real and God Seems Silent: Finding Hope in the Psalms
: In dark times, God can seem silent. We feel isolated, confused, and alone. Everyone experiences suffering-even the biblical writers express similar feelings in the Psalms. Through brief meditations on Psalms 88 and 89, J. Ligon Duncan points to hope...
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In dark times, God can seem silent. We feel isolated, confused, and alone. Everyone experiences suffering-even the biblical writers express similar feelings in the Psalms. Through brief meditations on Psalms 88 and 89, J. Ligon Duncan points to hope in the midst of the pain of feeling abandoned by God. These examples of crying out to God show readers how to respond to their own suffering, and assure them of our heavenly Father's mercy that sustains trust even in the darkest of circumstances. With clarity, empathy, and compassion, Duncan points us to the powerful hope found in these psalms that ultimately point us to Christ's promise to never leave us alone.
Mark Dever (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and Executive Director for 9 Marks Ministries. Dr. Dever has contributed to several books on church health and church leadership, and is a visiting professor at both Beeson Divinity School, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
He has written What Is A Healthy Church?; 9 Marks Of A Healthy Church (Expanded 2004), The Deliberate Church, The Message of the Old Testament: Promises made, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept, and Twelve Challenges Churches Face.
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Duncan is the senior minister of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi. He serves on the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.