Psalm Chapter 88

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Psalm 88

1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.

7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.

8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

14 Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.

17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.

18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

43 thoughts on “Psalm Chapter 88

  1. Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named cheif of the nations, to whom the house of Isreal came! … that chant to thesound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; … And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. … But behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Isreal, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of he wilderness.” Zion shall fall.

  2. v 15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors
    I am distracted.

    Don’t Be Distracted Have Faith In GOD

    Our faith in GOD must be firm. HIS SPIRIT
    gives us HOPE and TRIUMPH over any trial, trouble, oppersition, or the lowest depression . This treasure contained in our hearts will provide that which is needed in every situation .
    We shall overcome every difficulty by
    HIS POWER.

    “CHRIST in you the hope of glory”
    Colossians 1:27

    Faith is more than just a temporary confession during troublesome times that a person soon forgets. It’s a steadfast faith that will keep us faithful on the pathway of righteouness even when things go wrong.
    Be encourage JESUS WILL strengthen those who walk with HIM faithfully in this world.

    ” For whatever is born of God overcometh the world, even our faith”. 1 John 5:4

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  3. 1. O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

    Even in our deepest, darkest times we must remember that God is our only salvation.

  4. 14 Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
    15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
    16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
    17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
    18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness

    The Psalmist is in much prayer, but still feels that God has not heard his prayer. He even thinks and feels God has hidden his face from him and that he is about to die and is distracted from all the terrors coming against him.
    He feels the wrath of God overcoming him like water that surrounds him.
    I am reminded of what The Word teaches us about our faith:

    Heb 4:2
    2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

    We should have faith in our prayers and if we mix faith with preaching we can learn from The Word.

    I never want to become so low and desperate that I feel God cannot hear my prayers and will not answer. And that God will even turn his wrath on me!!

  5. O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night. Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry. (Psalms 88:1, 2 NLT)

  6. 9 blinded by tears of pain and frustration. I call to you, God; all day I call. I wring my hands, I plead for help. msg
    God knows our pain and frustration he is waiting for us to come to him. God is a gentleman and he isn’t going to push his self on us, he is waiting for us to go to him.

  7. 10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

    Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to look up and cry unto the Lord. That is why it is important to pray before you lend a helping hand for you do not want to hinder God’s work. He might be teaching someone a lesson of priority. I love you Lord and I love your righteousness!!! You are just!!! You will not let us perish in sin without giving a way out. Thank you Jesus.

  8. This chapter reminds me of an old song…

    A country where no twilight shadow deepens.
    Unending day where night will never be.
    A city where no storm clouds gather.
    Oh this is just what Heaven means to me.

    What joy twill be when we get over yonder,
    and join the throng around the crystal sea.
    With friends and loved ones we’ll crown Christ forever.
    Oh this is just what Heaven means to me.

    A place where there is no misunderstanding,
    and from all enmity and strife we’re free.
    No unkind words which wounds the heart are spoken.
    Oh this is just what Heaven means to me.

  9. iLove to eat the Word

    “Swim with the fishes”

    15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

    Without doubt, it is when we are going through the trials of life that we the most distracted.

    Distraction defined
    Distraction is the divided attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention. Distractions come from both external sources, and internal sources.

    Distracted Driving
    The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.

    When we are distracted, no matter what the source is, our attention is diverted from Jesus and onto the situation. As Peter learned that day that he walked on the water, always keep your eyes on Jesus unless you want to swim with the fishes.

  10. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength,
    Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand. (Psalms 88:4, 5 NKJV)

    *I was nothing. Emptiness was inside of me. I was walking among the dead and I was blind. I was fading away from you I was lost. You know only i was nothing but sin. I will never go back to that hopeless feeling. I’m not sure what it was that made me want it. But I got tired of it. The light turned on. You give me hope in you I believe and I trust you. I’ll will never be the same….forgive me.

    +++

  11. The strength of Heman

    Psalms 88:1
    A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.
    O Lord God of my salvation,
    I have cried day and night before thee:

    The words of psalm 88 are downright depressing. Almost so bad that they could enliven a funeral. Heman goes on and on about his Mahalath Leannoth which means “depressing affliction.” I could not find one positive thing in all he wrote. It seems as though he is wasting 18 scriptures of the holy writ to whine.

    However Heman has one thing going for him that will turn his attitude around in the next chapter. Heman means faithfulness.

    He may be at a bad spot, but Heman is strong in his ability to stick with it.

    Like Job said, though he slay me yet will I trust him. Heman will come out of this, but we can take a lesson from this doldrumed melancholy canary. No matter how hard it gets, how rough it is, even if we begin to think certain things about God…

    NEVER GIVE UP

    Psalms 30:5
    For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life:
    weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

  12. Psalm 88
    Crying from Deepest Affliction/
    A Trouble-Filled Soul

    88:1 O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

    Luke 18:7 And shall not Got avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, thou he bear long with them?

    Lord I Must be Saved !!!!

  13. SURVIVAL IN THE VALLEY

    2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

    Obvious by the words of the psalmist; perilous times come to even the most committed. The key to SURVIVAL IN THE VALLEY is to PRAY unto the LORD continually. Every LIFE will experience time in the valley and time on the mountain, the balance of our life will be lived somewhere in between the mountain and the valley. Prayer is what makes our WALK with the LORD.

    At times that we do not feel like continuing or even pursuing, we must continue to walk and pray.

    Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    It is the ROD of correction and the STAFF of direction that comfort us in times of great trial.

    We will SURVIVE and even THRIVE in the valley as we continue to PRAY and seek the face of the LORD. Calling on the name of JESUS.

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  14. 9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

    I can truly say that I call daily on God. I can’t do anything without him. The Lord is the strength of my life. A very pleasant help in the time of trouble.

  15. 1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

    2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

    3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

    4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

    Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.. you see everything Lord you hear every cry. Hear my prayers for my soul is troubled and full of sorrow.. I need you Jesus. Only you see the begining and the end of every story. I know you see mine so I will wait on you and trust in you right now, I know joy will come in the morning. In the turning point of my situation when darkness turns to light. I’m holding on to you Jesus. I need you

  16. 13 I’m standing my ground, God, shouting for help, at my prayers every morning, on my knees each daybreak. (MSG)

    Sometimes the best progress you can make is to simply cast down your anchor and stand through the storm. Trust in God and have continual faith and prayer unto Him; He hears our every plea and sees our every tear. I can’t go back and I won’t go back, but I will keep pressing forward!

  17. 10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

    11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

    As long as we are alive God can use us. Everything that hath breath can praise The Lord. As long as we can speak we can tell of the goodness of God. And as long as we are alive God can show His mighty works through us.

    If we allow ourselves to die spiritually our eyes will be closed to the wonder and awe of Gods greatness and His works. Shall the dead praise Him? Can these bones live? Only with the breath of God returning into them. We need to kindle the fire of the Holy Ghost in our lives every day to keep ourselves alive.

    Jeremiah 20:9
    9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him,
    nor speak any more in his name.
    But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones,
    and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

    When we stir up the fire we can’t hep but let it out. His word and all the wonderful acts he is doing will spread. Let the fire that’s burning inside spread like wildfire outside as well

  18. “Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry”. Although there may be times when one feels God (Jesus) is not there, one can rest assured he is. All one need do is heed the word of God and the man of God and press forward; “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 1 O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried to You for help by day; at night I am in Your presence.
    2 Let my prayer come before You and really enter into Your presence; incline Your ear to my cry!

    How many times do we pray, but never really enter into His presence? We just go through the motions, putting in our time? Lord help us to take the time to make it worth the effort of praying, and get into HIS presence.

  20. 1, “O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:”
    2, “Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;”
    3, “For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.”
    9, “Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.”

    During our times of troubles and afflictions, when we feel like we are in the lowest pit and in our darkest hour, this is not a time to be distracted and discouraged and taking our eyes off of God. It is a time to DRAW CLOSER to God. It is a time to CLING, TRUST, and have FAITH in The GOD of Our Salvation. It’s a time to PRAY more. It’s a time to KEEP our hands RAISED because we are in a BATTLE. It’s a time to STAND upon the PROMISES of God in His Word like, “He will never leave us nor forsake us,” “The Lord is my helper,” “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” and so on. So many beautiful promises in God’s Word we can stand on to help in our time of need.

    Thank You Jesus that when I feel like I am at my lowest point and all alone, YOU are always by my side fighting for me, loving me, holding me, comforting me, strengthening me. I love you, JESUS!!

  21. 10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

    If we listen close enough we can hear the echo.
    I hear Hezekiah’s song of thanksgiving in Isaiah 38:18 “For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.19The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.”

    Job cried that his life seemed futile 7:15 “So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity. 17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?” and Bildad’s response to Job in chapter 8:11 “Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?”

    We all have growing to do, we all have something God is trying to take out of us. For Jacob it took wrestling with an angel, to shrink his sinew in Gen 32:25. Yes, like David we may feel “afflicted with all thy (Lord’s) waves” their is something that needs to grow. Even beautiful roses grow out of dirt, something needs to die for another to flourish. Theirs something we need to let go of in the tossing of the waves. Death cannot praise God, but in wrestling God sees a dance.

  22. 1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

    2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

  23. Sometimes the things we go through are because of our own choices, and not necessarily a test or trial. But, some kind of action we have taken, or wrong direction we have choosen. God loves us but he is still bound by his word, and the Holy Covenant. So, as the psalmist did here cry out to God, and seek him with all your heart and you will find him. “Do what he says”………………………

    4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

    “He is our refuge”…………………………………………………………………………………

  24. 1 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.
    Thank you God for saving me when I cry out to you!:)

  25. 11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
    Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?[c]
    12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
    Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
    13 O Lord, I cry out to you.
    I will keep on pleading day by day. NLT

    The psalmist doesn’t seem to have answer from the Lord. It talks about being distracted, and all the troubles are coming against him and his friends have left him… This is maybe the place where God wanted someone to be just that he/she may hear what the Lord has to say. The Lord has many interesting ways to get our attention. v13 stood out to me as I see what now he says will continually plead. He did not just give up and say ok Lord you don’t love or care for me I’m just gonna let myself perish in the world but instead pleads his cause with the Lord. on previous verses the psalmist asks; shall the dead arise and praise thee?
    The trails in life may bring us to a place of solitude with God and that may be the time to start seeking his face and then listen…

  26. 1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

    When we are deepest trouble we have to remember we can call on him

  27. 2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
    3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

    Sometimes we need to get straight to the point with God, and say we need help.

  28. Darkened heart…

    I pray Jesus that YOU JESUS will never leave me in darkness when I might slip and fall. I want to be a light for YOU JESUS.
    This is the day the LORD has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.

  29. 1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
    2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
    Until our prayers are answered we should continue to seek God & continue to ask our petition. Jesus told the parable of the unjust judge & the woman seeking justice…she wearied the judge until he finally stopped & granted her request. He did it for his own peace of mind! Keep making your request known to God!

  30. As I was reading this chapter. It reminded me of the times that I though God was not there. But he is there. Every step. Every day. Every moment that I’m alive ,he’s right there. Thank you Father for never leaving me or forsaking me. I am a sinner and yet you loved me enough to die for me. I am in debt to you. And I will pay by telling others what you have done for me.

  31. 13 But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
    The writer states that has cried unto God and that he does so in the morning. Morning prayer is beautiful even if it’s sometimes hard to stay awake. It gives us a opportunity to get our focus on God before the day begins and sets us on the path God ordained us to be on. There is nothing like morning prayer.

  32. Is God the source of the affliction of the righteous?

    15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
    (Psalms 88:15 ESV)

    21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord
    (Job 1:21 ESV)

    10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips
    (Job 2:10 ESV)

    Much of my life I have thought that God is taking his thumb and squashing me. If he is, I did something to warrant his judgement; however, when we walk in righteousness before his eyes, he is not the reason for our suffering. Normally, I would think that God brought me to a trail or God did this or did that. The devil is a liar. Satan brings the suffering on us when we are not in sin. Satan was the one who took everything from Job, not God. God allowed it, but He did not do it.

    Dake’s mentions six things that we as the church should not suffer from:
    1.Sin
    2.Sickness
    3.Failure in business or poverty
    4.Bad habits
    5. Lack of Spiritual power
    6.Failure in Prayer

    After some reflection on how I have failed in each of these areas, I have concluded that it was self inflicted not divine.

    It is not the will of God for us to suffer any of the things above. In the Word of God provision has been made through the “exceeding great and precious promises” to give us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2Pet. 1:3- 4; 2Cor. 1:20)
    (Job 1:21 DakeStudyBibleNotes)

  33. No matter how bad it may seem to be for us in this life, vs 1 Jesus is still “the God of our Salvation.”

  34. Verses 1-2 AMP “O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried to You for help by day; at night I am in Your presence. Let my prayer come before You and really enter into Your presence; incline Your ear to my cry!”

    The caption in the CEV for this chapter says “A Prayer When You Can’t Find the Way”. Who do you cry out to when you can’t find your way? Do you try to figure it out yourself or do you get to your knees and leave it at his feet? Once you realize that this is what you need to do; then you REALLY have to enter into HIS presence.

  35. 1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
    2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
    3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

    We all go through trouble and it would be easy to mistake His silence for not being there with us through it but He is. The other day I heard someone say “the teacher is always silent during the test.”

  36. Turn

    Psalm 88:15 KJV
    I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

    Psalm 88:15 NLT
    I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.

    Psalm 88:15 AMP
    I was afflicted and close to death from my youth up; while I suffer Your terrors I am distracted [I faint.]

    “Distracted” H#6323 “pün”
    1) To be perplexed, distracted
    2) To turn, as a gate

    The psalmist describes a fierce trial in which his faith seems to be confounded and he made himself vulnerable before God in his raw honesty. I can almost hear him as saying, “Please, God, I desperately need You! You said to call upon You and I have but where are You? I don’t understand what’s going on but I feel like I’m dying. I’m not trying to be strong without You, I’m desperate to find You…”

    In the midst of the struggle we find a tenacity still holding on:

    Psalm 88:12-13
    Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

    He was struggling but still holding on. He was in the process of distraction, his trials turning his focus off the truth of God. But our trials can bring another sort of turning:

    Psalm 24:7-10
    7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

    8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

    9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

    10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

    Instead of a turning of our focus, as trials come there should be a lifting of our head and we praise God with a fervency that the turning would be of the gates of our lives. As we open the door, who would come in? The King of Glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Then might we see a divine turn in our situation as we enthrone Jesus over our life and over our struggles.

    1 Peter 5:5-7
    5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

    6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

    7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

  37. 10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. 11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

    Why not praise him now?
    A dead man can’t praise. A dead man has no need of speech. A deadman can’t tell of faithfulness. I’m glad I’m not dead. I’m glad I can tell of the great works of my father! I’m glad I can tell of his tender mercies and faithfulness. I will be the careless sower, throwing this word out for all, to the glory of God!

  38. Let my prayer come before thee 1. O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: 2. Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; 3. For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. Ps. 107 : 18 I AM VICTORIOUS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST !!!!! LORD I LIFT YOU UP !!!!!

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