Psalm 88 is one of the most talked-about chapters in the book of Psalms. It is a lament, a plea for help and deliverance from distress and despair. In this blog post, we will explore what it means to read Psalm 88 in its original context and how it can be applied to our lives today.
The author of Psalm 88 is King David, who was known for his faithfulness and devotion to God. He begins by pleading with God for mercy and asking Him to hear his prayers (v. 1-2). He then goes on to describe the depths of his despair, which has led him to become isolated from all those around him (v. 8-9). He feels forsaken by God, despite his faithfulness (v. 14-15).
Despite these feelings, he remains hopeful that God will answer his prayers and lead him out of his troubles (v. 16-17). David’s hope is based not only on past experiences with God, but also on promises made throughout scripture that assure us that no matter what we may face in life, God will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5).
David ends the psalm with a vow of praise once he has been rescued from his troubles (v 18-19), reminding us that even when it feels like everything else has been taken away from us, we still have the assurance that we can always rely on God’s presence and His promise to never leave us nor forsake us. This should give us hope as we face times of distress and uncertainty.
Psalm 88 serves as an example for all believers looking for comfort in times of distress and despair. In this psalm, David reminds us that even when it seems like all hope is lost, there is still reason to turn our eyes towards Heaven and trust in the Lord’s promises. We must remember that no matter what challenges come our way; ultimately, we can rely on His unfailing love throughout every season of life. In reading Psalm 88 today, may you be encouraged by its message and find solace in knowing that you are never alone—God will always be standing beside you!