Psalm 88:1-4 O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day.
I come to you at night.
2 Now hear my prayer;
listen to my cry.
3 For my life is full of troubles,
and death[b] draws near.
4 I am as good as dead,
like a strong man with no strength left.
I appreciated the thoughts in my devotional book about this passage.....
Most laments in the Psalms let in a ray of sunshine, closing on a confident note of determination to trust God. But not this psalm. There seems to be no resolution. But that does not mean there is no genuine hope...
Faith can be real even when it can't be tied up into a tidy conclusion, even when it cannot articulate strong hope, even when it's barely holding on, even when everything seems very dark.....
And though the light of redemption is faint in this psalm, it helps us recognize that the God of our salvation is the only one with the ability to pierce through the darkness of our difficult circumstances.
That feeling of darkness is appropriate for today....Good Friday.
Here are some thoughts from Randy Alcorn about Good Friday....
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Joshua 21:1-22:20, Luke 20:1-26, Psalm 89:1-13, Proverbs 13:15-16