Like A Helpless Man

Psalm 88 might be the darkest psalm in the Bible. If I remember correctly, it is the only psalm that doesn’t openly show hope. Every line seems to be filled with distress or pain. Verse 4 and 5 – “I am like a helpless man, adrift among the dead, like corpses lying in the grave, whom you remember no more, and who are cut off from your power.” You should just allow yourself to feel the depth of his pain deep in your soul. I had someone suggest that I “give up” God for a few days. The idea is frightening. Even when I do not see or understand God’s presence in my life, I am never without hope because I know He is with me. So I must ask, can we see the hope of the psalmist in the fact that he is lamenting to God? Verse 9 – I call out to you, O LORD, all day long; Verse 15 – I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain.

What resonates with you in Psalm 88?