May 172014

Read Psalm 88

Theme: Prayer

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O Lord, God of my salvation;
I cry out day and night before you.
2 Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!

3 For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
5 like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
6 You have put me in the depths of the pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah

8 You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
9 my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
your dreadful assaults destroy me.
17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
they close in on me together.
18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness.

Thoughts to consider

I love the honesty of the bible, it is so real. We all have our bad days and here the Psalmist is having a particularly bad one. This Psalm does not pull any punches it is brutally honest. It starts off with the right foundation though; The Lord is the God of our salvation, He is the only one we can rely on to save us.

I have no idea why bad things happen to ‘good’ people, to those who God has promised to save. It all seems so unfair. I want to ask a big WHY? What I do know though is that God is altogether good all the time, He is faithful and He is kind. You can trust Him and therefore He is the one to go to when in trouble.

· Are you going through dark times at the moment? Pray to the only one who can deliver you. Know that you are not alone, you share your difficulties with all the major characters of the bible. God hasn’t promised that you won’t have trials in this world but He has promised to be with you in them.

· You will probably know somebody who is going through difficulties. Standing by them and praying for them is the best thing you can do for them. Why not pray for them now?

· I also like this Psalm because it speaks of determination and a ‘never say die’ attitude. We can so often just pray once and give up when nothing happens. The Psalmist called upon God ‘every day’. He was determined and not prepared to give up. Does that sound like your prayer life?


Father I thank you that through every trial I go through, you are with me. You have promised to sustain me and lift me up. I pray too for those I know who are going through testing times. I pray that you will sustain and keep them close to You. I thank you for the church family you have put me in, to help one another. Lord help me to be strong in prayer and not to give up. Increase my faith, in Jesus name, amen.

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