Psalm 88 (and one verse of 89)

1O LORD, the God who saves me,
day and night I cry out before you.

2 May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.

3 For my soul is full of trouble
and my life draws near the grave.

4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am like a man without strength.

5 I am set apart with the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
who are cut off from your care.

6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
in the darkest depths.

7 Your wrath lies heavily upon me;
you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.
Selah

8 You have taken from me my closest friends
and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;

9 my eyes are dim with grief.
I call to you, O LORD, every day;
I spread out my hands to you.

10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
Do those who are dead rise up and praise you?
Selah

11 Is your love declared in the grave,
your faithfulness in Destruction?

12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help, O LORD;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.

14 Why, O LORD, do you reject me
and hide your face from me?

15 From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death;
I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.

16 Your wrath has swept over me;
your terrors have destroyed me.

17 All day long they surround me like a flood;
they have completely engulfed me.

18 You have taken my companions and loved ones from me;
the darkness is my closest friend.
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The Psalmist after crying out in sorrow in Psalm 88 praises God for his unfailing love and faithfulness! God answers prayers today as he did for David long ago.

Psalm 89

1 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

 

About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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10 Responses to Psalm 88 (and one verse of 89)

  1. lbdiamond says:

    I’ve had some roughness lately. Nice to know I can lean on God.

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    • Thank you for stopping by today. It is wonderful to know that God loves us and that he is able to help us. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Sometimes things seem like they are working out another way, but there will be a silver lining to every cloud for those trusting in Jesus. Blessings to you…

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  2. Psalm 88 is such a sad chapter. You did a great job of matching pictures to the verses. I really felt sorry for the little boy in the wagon!

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    • Hello, Carol, I agree that it’s a sad chapter. The Psalmist went through some awful storms, but his praises for the LORD in Psalm 89 that follows shows that God came through for him. That sweet little boy’s face is about the saddest I’ve ever seen. I felt that his sweet, forlorn countenance showed the despair in the psalm. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Blessings to you…

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  3. So often we are molded by society to rein in our emotions, to be ‘socially acceptable’ and not too emotional. Yet, look at the Psalmist and what depth of emotion he shows in extremes of joy and despair. And God doesn’t discourage him from doing this…

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    • Hi Zoe, thanks for stopping by. Yes, the Psalmist pours out his heart without restraint and God always hears his cries and answers him with loving kindness. God tells us to cry out to him. I know I do when my heart hurts. I let out a wail and the LORD lets me know he cares. Blessings to you…

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  4. trisha says:

    Beautiful, adorable words. These words are so beautiful that reading and feeling them fills the very soul with happiness.

    thanks and hugs.

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    • The Psalmist cries out like we do when our hearts break. God hears his cry and comforts him and provides his needs. God is SOOOoooo good. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate you very much, Trisha. Blessings to you…

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  5. Polly says:

    Carol,
    The love of God and the faith of the Psalmist are inspiring.
    hope and joy 🙂 Polly

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