NTS graduate and alumni council member John Nelson provided this list of resources.



Classical Works

Adagio for Strings

Symphony No. 3 – Symphony of Sorrowful Songs – Henryk Gorecki

Three Motets – Carl Nielsen


Does Jesus Care?, Frank Graeff, 1901

Hiding In Thee, William Cushing, 1876

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Henry Longfellow

I Lay My Sins on Jesus, Horatius Bonar

I Would Not Be Denied, Charles Jones

It Came upon the Midnight Clear, Edmund Sears

Jesus, I Come, William T. Sleeper, 1887

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Latin hymn, 12th century

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, George Matheson

Pass Me Not, Fanny J. Crosby, 1868

Precious Lord, Take My Hand – Thomas Dorsey, 1938

‘Til the Storm Passes By, Mosie Lister

New Hymns of Lament Lyrics

Contemporary Music

Blessings – Laura Story

Blest Is the Man – Psalm 32 – Katy Snow (From Album, My Cry Ascends)

Christmas Makes Me Cry – Mandisa

From Depths of Woe – Psalm 130 – Gregory Wilbur (From Album, My Cry Ascends)

Hard to Get – Rich Mullins (From Album, The Jesus Record)

Held – Nicole Nordeman

The Hidden Face of God (Album) – Michael Card

How Blest the ManPsalm 41 – Nathan Clark George (From Album, My Cry Ascends)

If This is Not a Place – Ken Medema


I’ll Help You Cry - Larnelle Harris

In Brokenness You Shine – Steve Green (From Album, Somewhere Between)

Job Suite – Michael Card

Lord, Hear My Prayer Psalm 102 – Katy Snow (From Album, My Cry Ascends)

Mourning the Death of a Dream – Michael Card

My God, My God, Why? – The Psalms Project

Psalm 13 (How Long, O Lord?) – Brian Doerksen

Sorrow Mixed With Light – Steve Green (From Album, Somewhere Between)

Tears of the Saints – Leeland (From Album, Sound of Melodies)

The Willow – The Speers

When the Morning Comes – Steve Green (From Album, Somewhere Between)

When the Tears Fall – Tim Hughes

When Your Heart Breaks at Christmas – John W. Nielson

Popular Music

After the Storm – Mumford and Sons

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – From the musical Les Misérables

Lament – George Winston (From Album, Remembrance)

Rocky Ground – Bruce Springsteen


Lament Litanies

A Litany of Remembrance, Lament and Hope

A Litany of Victim Lament

Lament Prayers

Through the Valley: Prayers For Violent Times by Margaret Anne Huffman. Judson Press, 1996.

Lament Services

By the Rivers of Babylon: A Service of Lament

Crying Unto Heaven: A Service of Lament


Listing of Psalms of Lament by category -


Apple, Dennis. “Confessions of a Grieving Pastor” – In Holiness Today.

Bratcher, Dennis. “Patterns for Life: Structure, Genre, and Theology in Psalms.” In The Voice.

Brueggemann, Walter. “The Friday Voice of Faith: A serious theology of the cross requires a serious practice of the lament psalms.” From Reformed Worship, Issue #30.

Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger “Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel, and Pastoral Care.” Theology Today April 2011 vol. 68 no. 1 (Pages 8-25)

Smith, Terry. “Darkness Is My Closest Friend: Using the Psalms of Lament to Address Grief Issues.” Presented to the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW), March, 2007.


Bell, Rob. Drops Like Stars. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

Brueggemann, Walter. The Psalms: The Hard Road from Obedience to Praise. Kansas City, MO: The House Studio, 2010.

Brueggemann, Walter, with Steve Frost. Psalmist’s Cry: Scripts for Embracing Lament. MIKO Productions, 2009.

Card, Michael. A Journey With Jesus Through Hopelessness.

Shadowlands (Based on the life of C.S. Lewis)


Sermons on Lament

The Hidden Hope In Lament by Dan Allender

Seasonal Sermons on Lament

A Song of Lament by Michael Cheuk


Card. Michael. A Sacred Sorrow Experience Guide: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament. Colorado Springs: Nav Press, 2005.


Ambiguous Loss (Web page of Pauline Boss)

Use of the Lament Psalms in Grief Recovery


Additional Resources: Lament Resources »