St. John of the Cross wrote on what was termed “the dark night of the soul.” It is a sense of deep loss. God has seemed to move off a bit. The darkness hides him. The silence is loud.
We need to voice out the loss. We like psalms of restoration, but we need to sing psalms of lament in the darkness.
“Eugene Peterson once wrote that before we can love our enemies, we have to pray our hatred.” — John Ortberg, Soul Keeping
We have times of disorientation and there are psalms to help us “vent” our way through the darkness.
We get the opportunity to have a test of our “joyful confidence in God.” (Ortberg)