Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:
[Psalm 88] This is a song of sadness from beginning to end. It seems to have no gleam of light or of hope. Commencing with an appeal to Jehovah to hear, it proceeds to describe the terrible sorrows through which the singer is passing. He is whelmed with trouble and nigh unto death. Moreover, he is alone; his acquaintances are put away from him. Death is a terrible outlook, for the singer sees no light in it. Therein God Himself will be unknown, and unable to succor.
Again the song moves in yet profounder notes of sadness, which are like the breaking of great waves over the soul, which seem as though they must silence it utterly. The last declaration is a most terrible one of utter loneliness; “lover and friend” are put away from him and the final word is “darkness.”
This psalm was a foreshadowing of sorrow which, being national, yet reached its fulfillment of realization only in the Messiah. The note of present value, however, is that while, as we said at the beginning, there seems to be no light, there is light everywhere. The singer is in great sorrow, but he comes to Jehovah. He is afraid of going into death, because there Jehovah cannot help him; but he has come there, and therefore still cries out for God. While the sense of God abides, darkness has not triumphed.
G. Campbell Morgan, An Exposition of the Whole Bible (Fleming H. Revell Co., 1959), p. 254