This is not a different God. We need to respect God and not treat Him with contempt as Israel did. Verses 6 and 7 contain threads that reach from Genesis to Revelation. The Tabernacle of Jesus’ body brings this entire lament to its deepest depths. Yet this dark valley is the way to joy, the joy of resurrection.
Psalms are often turned to when in turmoil and despair (for good reason), but look at Lamentations!
“The Lord has become like an enemy; he has swallowed up Israel;”
“He has laid waste to his booth like a garden, laid in ruins his meeting place; the LORD has made Zion forget festival and Sabbath, and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.”
“The LORD determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion; he stretched out the measuring line; he did not restrain his hand from destroying;”
We must remember that the Lord sent prophet after prophet with warnings to His people. Reminders to seek His face, to obey His laws, to walk under His will.
And yet they continued in disobedience (as the 1st OT readings are showing in 2 Kings at the moment), walking further and further down the broad road into evil upon evil.
And yet. The author of Lamentations cries out to the Lord,
“Look, O LORD, and see! With whom have you dealt thus?”
This is God’s word. Do we see dissonance of thought here?
Of course not. And so, we must wrestle with these truths. Truths for us today, post-Jesus’ appearance in Israel all those years ago.
To comprehend that we can endure the trials brought about by our own foolishness and yet cry out for mercy.
* Father of Mercy,
Even though You have saved us, called us to be set apart, marked us as Your people – Even though we are in Jesus, still we choose foolishness.
Please forgive us Lord, and show us mercy. We throw ourselves at Your feet in humble adoration and abject worship. For what else have we to do?