PSALMS 88 THE GLOOMIEST PSALM
THE PIT OF PROBLEMS V.1-8
EMBRACING OUR DESPAIR V.1
THE ENTRANCE TO RELEASE O LORD God of my salvation,
THE EXPRESSION OF RELIANCE I have cried day & night before You
EXPLAINING OUR DESIRE V.2
LET Us PERCEIVE YOUR PERCEPTION Let my prayer come before You
LET US PENETRATE YOUR PRESENCE incline Your ear unto my cry
EXPRESSING OUR DISTRESS V.3-6
FEELING DOWN FROM LIFE’S TESTS V.3 For my soul is full of troubles
FEELING DONE FROM LIFE’S TESTS
CRYING FOR DEATH and my life draws near unto the grave.
CONSIDERED AS DEAD V.4
I am counted with them that go down into the pit:
DEVASTATED WITH DOUBTS I am as a man that hath no strength:
DEMORALIZED WITH DYSFUNCTION V.5
DREARY Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave
DISENCHANTED AND FORGOTTEN who You remember no more:
DISENGAGED AND FAILING FEELING TRAPPED IN A TOMB
DISILLUSIONED and they are cut off from Your hand.
DEPRESSED You have laid me in the lowest pit,
DISCOURAGED V.6 in darkness,
DESPAIRING in the deeps.
FEELING DAMNED BY LIFE’S TORMENTS v.7-8
BOGGLED BY HIS WRATH V.7 Your wrath lies hard upon me,
BURIED BY HIS WAVES
and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.
BANISHED BY MY WORRIES V.8
I FEEL DISTANT You have put away my acquaintance
I FEEL DISEASED far from me;
I FEEL DISABLED I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
THE PAIN OF PROBLEMS V.9-12
DEPLORABLE EMPTINESS V.9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction:
DISREGARDED EFFORTS LORD, I have called daily on You, I
have stretched out my hands to You.
DEAD PEOPLE DON’T RECORD YOUR AMAZING GRACE
Will You show wonders to the dead?
DEAD PEOPLE DON’T RESOUND YOUR ADORING GLORY
will the dead arise and praise You? Selah.
DEAD PEOPLE DON’T REVEAL YOUR AWESOME GOOD
TENDERNESS V.11 Shall Your loving kindness be declared in the grave?
DURING DESTRUCTION in destruction?
DURING DARKNESS V.12 will Your wonders be known in the dark?
and Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
THE PERPLEXITY OF PAIN V.13-18
CONSISTENT CRYING V.13 But to You have I cried, O LORD;
CONCERTED CRYING and in the morning will my prayer prevent You.
CONCENTRATED CRYING V.14-15
WHY DO YOU REJECT ME LORD, why cast You off my soul?
WHY DO YOU RUN FROM ME why hide Your face from me?
WHY DO YOU RUIN ME
WITH DEVASTATING AFFLICTION V.15
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:
WITH DISTRACTING ANGUISH
while I suffer Your terrors I am distracted.
CONFUSING CONDITIONS V.16-18
I FEEL LIKE A WRETCH V.16
FILLED WITH TRAGEDY Your fierce wrath goes over me;
FILLED WITH TERROR Your terrors have cut me off.
I FEEL LIKE A WRECK V.17
SWALLOWED WITH A DELUGE They came round about me daily like water
SURROUNDED WITH DISASTER they compassed me about together.
I FEEL LIKE A WASTE V.18
DISREGARDED Lover and friend have You put far from me,
DEJECTED and mine acquaintance into darkness.