If we thought that the astonishing words of hope and assurance found in the heart of chapter 3 (the third poems of Lamentations) might lead to a happy ending, we are brought back to a crashing, painful reality in the fourth poem (Lamentations 4). This book of Lamentations is not a “Pollyanna” book with sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns. This is real pain and a description of how real pain and grief invades the life of the believer in the Lord. The fourth poem will have nothing to do with the idea that things are all better now. They are not. Though the author’s hope is in the Lord, the anguish and despair that he feels has not subsided.
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