Lamentations is one of those obscure books of the Old Testament that we don’t give much attention. While we flock to Psalm 23 and congregate around the Proverbs, Lamentations sits alone, not far off, waiting for us. And yet books like Lamentations, Philemon and Zephaniah are no less a part of God’s word than Genesis or Romans. The theme of Lamentations is actually quite pertinent and valuable today, for it speaks of a physical decay resembling the spiritual decline of our own great nation.
Around six hundred years before Christ, after Israel had fallen to Assyria, Judah also descended into the pits of corruption and sin. The youthful prophet Jeremiah had begged his nation to understand the fate of Israel and turn back to God and yet, she would not (Jer. 5), and now, shortly after good king Josiah was killed in battle by Pharaoh Necho, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had come to power and conquered Judah (2 Kings 24:3-4).