Many of the psalms encompass the very human element of ‘lament’, honest complaint to God about pain or injustice. Some such psalms major on lament, while nearly always ending with praise or affirmation of God’s dependability. Others such as Psalm 71 major on God’s dependability, while reflecting very frankly on life’s unfairness. Two particular insights from the psalm for those times when life seems unfair are:
- Hang on to God, who is your ‘rock’, the one secure thing in the universe;
- Choose the habit of praising God for the perfections of his character and his works of faithfulness.