Restore Us To Yourself, O Lord
Topic: The Book of Lamentations Passage: Lamentations 5–5
The Way Things Are Are Not The Way Things Have To Be
With this study, we look at the final lament poem of five lament poems that make up the book of Lamentations.
Jeremiah-the-weeping-prophet-turned-weeping-poet leads his people in a prayer of repentance calling on God to remember his covenant love and to restore them to himself.
Central to such a movement is the prayer, "Woe to us, for we have sinned."
And building on that prayer is a prayer of desire for God himself, "Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored."
True repentance--true turning to God--is not simply sorrow over the consequences of our turning away from God, but an expression of desire that above all, we now want God himself.
This final lament is not the last lament in the Bible.
It points forward to another lament that was spoken by Jesus on the Cross as he bore the sins of the world, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
And we are reminded that though we lament, we don't lament as those who have no hope.
The reason? Because Jesus was forsaken, those who trust in him can know that we will never be forsaken by God: "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 11:5).
And that's good news for lamenting souls which leads us to pray, "Come, Lord Jesus."