Crying Out

today's reading.
Psalm 88:1-18     O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you...
Psalms 88

Psalms 88think about it.
What condition is the psalmist in (88:1-7)? Who does he feel has deserted or abandoned him (88:8-9,18)? What does he persist in doing even then (88:1-2,9,13)? How do you respond when you feel God is far away? Are you persistent in going to Him even then? Why or why not?

the blog.
Psalm 88 is not a "feel good" psalm for me. The author is distressed and hurting and when we get to the final verse, he's still there. Now if you're like me, you want (maybe even expect?) to see things righted by the time we get to the end of the chapter, kind of like how we like movies to have a happy ending. But Psalm 88 isn't a movie. It's real life, and as we know, hard circumstances take time to work through.

So what does Psalm 88 show us about communicating with God in and through tough times--when we are hurting, afraid, discouraged, feeling hopeless? Tami W. 

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