“O Lord God of hosts, how long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and you have made them to drink tears in large measure” (Psalm 80:4-5).
The tendency of most Christians is to suppress their complaints against God; that expressing them would somehow indicate a lacking in one’s faith. The protests of the psalmist, however, remind us that our laments are, in fact, expressions of faith in God’s provision. Our crying appeals to God are based upon our knowledge of him as a God who has spoken to and acted for the benefit of his people. Even our crying out in frustration keeps us leaning on him in trust.