Today From Psalms
Day and Night
No matter who we are, there are times when we feel forsaken and all alone. The writer of Psalm 88 surely seemed to feel this way. His life is filled with troubles and he expects it to soon be gone. He is at the end of all things and has no strength left to continue on. “For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength.” (Verses 3-4)
For some reason it felt like the hand of God’s wrath was afflicting him to the point he was drowning beneath it. “Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves.” (Verse7) “Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.” (Verse 16)
He fears going into darkness and nothingness where God is not known or praised. “Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?” (Verses 10-12)
Yet, even in a time of great anxiety, depression and despair, he calls out to God. Why? Because he knows God is greater than all the troubles he is facing. The present may seem bleak but he will endure as long as he knows he can call on God. “O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:” (Verse 1) “But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.” (Verse 13)
He has but one request: “Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry.” (Verse 2)
You may be thinking; “I can relate to what the psalmist feels.” That may well be so, but never forget, God is still God and He hears our cry unto Him.