Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
(Psalm 51:15 NLT)
In the Bible psalms of lament are the most common type of musical genre. These psalms agonize over a situation and ask the Lord for help. The modern day country and western genre is a form of lament but without confessing the solution to life’s problems through trusting in God. There is nothing new under the sun today as people are afraid of their situations prompting them to cry out to God for help. Usually a psalm of lament starts out singing a problem and ends by transferring the problem into the hands of the Lord who is the only solution. If we find ourselves in a mess filled with doubt we sing our prayers out.