10Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
11Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
12Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
14LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
15I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
16Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
17They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
18Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
There are times in every Christian's life when we seem to be overcome with life, and God seems to be far removed from us. Such appeared to be the case for the writer of Psalm 88, but it is noteworthy that, no matter how discouraged he became, he never ceased to cry out to God for help.
But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
I fear that when trials come our way, we are all too quick to blame God and cast Him aside, seeking comfort from the things of the world. Though the psalmist was sorely tried, he never ceased from calling out to the Lord for help.
The psalmist also understood that, in the end, all of his troubles came from the Lord. We shudder to cast one arrow of blame upon the Lord for the difficulties we endure, but we do know that, if He determined to do so, God could change our circumstances and relieve our sorrow. Knowing this, we are tempted to charge God foolishly, thinking He must quickly come to our aid.
In reality, the sorrow we face is the result of a world immersed in sin, and certainly not the fault of God. Though God could remove our difficulties from us, He often does not do so. Why is that?
There are two great lessons that every Christian must learn. First, God allows our trials so that we do not love this world too much. We are here for a time, but our real home is in heaven where all sorrows will be wiped away. Second, God wants us to learn to come to Him with our difficulties, as He, alone, can come to our aid, or at least give us comfort and grace to walk through the hard times.
It is important that we realize that peace, happiness, and joy do not come from the things of this world. That is a very hard lesson to learn, for everything we are taught in this world seems to cry out the opposite. Somehow, we are taught, if we have enough money, enough power, and enough good fortune, we will be happy. Yet, one look at the "rich and famous" of this world should be enough to show us that that is not the truth.
Let us then, especially when life seems to overflow with troubles, seek our help, peace, and joy from the Lord. Only in Him will we find true joy and peace, not just in this life, but for all eternity!
11Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11, King James Version)
God Bless You,