Publication Date

Spring 4-28-2024


School of Business; School of Music


Business Administration; Music: Worship Studies


Lament, Worship, Emotion, Suffering, Music, Psalms, Christianity, Church


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Christian lament songs play an important role in the context of the local church. There are several key differences between Christian lament and secular “sad songs” that are due to Christianity’s perspective of suffering that revolves around the hope of Jesus Christ. Christian songwriters have been writing lament songs through the lens of biblical hope in Christ throughout church history. Due to the nature of lament songs and how they give voice to negative emotions, which can help people to process their grief, and the communal nature of corporate worship, it is important that local churches ensure they use lament songs as often as needed to meet the needs of their congregations.

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