October 4, 2018

Psalm 88 has got to be the saddest of the Psalms.  It is almost like the psalmist figures he has no hope. I say almost because of verse 1.

Psalm 88:1 (NLT) — 1 O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night.

When you have a prayer that means you have a hope and that is sometimes the only ray of light that we have.

Psalm 88:2–8 (NLT) — 2 Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry. 3 For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near. 4 I am as good as dead, like a strong man with no strength left. 5 They have left me among the dead, and I lie like a corpse in a grave. I am forgotten, cut off from your care. 6 You have thrown me into the lowest pit, into the darkest depths. 7 Your anger weighs me down; with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude 8 You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them. I am in a trap with no way of escape.

This sounds like it could be Joseph praying. Well we all know how that prayer worked out for Joseph. We might not have the time of day for some people but that is not the way of our heavenly Father. He has the time. He has the ears. He has the solution. He has the means to work out the solution. If all you have is a prayer then all you have is God!

Psalm 88:9–12 (NLT) — 9 My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O Lord; I lift my hands to you for mercy. 10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude 11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction? 12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?

Lord keep me alive you know that no matter what I will praise you and you know that my tongue always speaks of you every chance I get. God if you let me die there will be one less voice to proclaim your majesty and you glory. God it would not be a good move on your part to take me out of this world just yet because I am one of the few people who care about honoring you with my life.

Psalm 88:13 (NLT) — 13 O Lord, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.

God I don’t care what happens my mouth will always cry out to you. You are my only hope. My trust is in no one else. You are all I have. I don’t care how discouraged I get or how depressed I may sound I will never give up calling on you name.

Psalm 88:14 (NLT) — 14 O Lord, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me?

Jesus you know what it is like to be rejected, forsaken and forgotten. I know that you understand my plight and I know that in your grace and mercy help from you is on the way.

Psalm 88:15–18 (NLT) — 15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors. 16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have paralyzed me. 17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have engulfed me completely. 18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.

In darkness and despair keep crying out to the Lord. Jesus truly is our closest friend who will never ever abandon us. He is like the Navy Seal motto >  no one left behind. There are some things in this life that we just do not understand so the best thing to do is to keep practicing the presence of Jesus, keep trusting him with the outcome.

As Warren Wiersbe says, “We should never doubt in the darkness what God has taught us in the light.”

Luke 18:7–8 (NLT) — 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

God’s definition of quickly is probably different from ours. Stay faithful.

Be Inspired Hilltop!