“O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.”
Psalms 88:13 NLT
The “Blues” genre of music began near the end of the 19th century. It’s is soulful. It is reflective. It is introspective. “Blues” share the “personal woes in a world of harsh reality.” Often our greatest sorrows can only be expressed with song. Words are not enough. Writing may not be adequate. The powerful partnership between lyrics and music can soothe, satisfy or simplify the soul.
Psalm 88 has been called the saddest of all psalms. Spurgeon gives us insight, “whoever wrote the Psalm must have been a man of deep experience, who had done business on the great waters of soul trouble.”
The psalmist shows his pain, shares his problems and surrenders his pride. There is no one who can help but God. In his heartache, the psalmist tries to find hope. He pleads with God through his daily petition.
He Is The God Of Salvation. When sorrow begins to conflict our soul, we need to find confidence in our Savior. The psalmist writes, “O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night.” (Ps 88:1 NLT). In our failings, we have nothing to fear. The prophet Isaiah reminds us, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.” (Is 12:2 ESV)
He Is Our God In Supplication. The writer of this psalm confesses, “Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry.” (Ps 88:2 NLT). God desires that we come to Him in our confusion and conflict . . . and we have the confidence that He will hear our cry. Le Blanc writes, “It is necessary that God should incline His ear unto our prayer, else it would be in vain to come before Him.” The pastor of Hebrews tells us, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb 4:16 NIV)
He Is Our God In Suffering. When there is no place else to turn, He is there. The psalmist cries out, “My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for Your help, O LORD; I lift my hands to You for mercy.” (Ps 88:9 NLT). Our brokenness always births a breakthrough for His blessing. Matthew Henry writes, “Weeping must not hinder praying; we must sow in tears. Let prayers and tears go together, and they shall be accepted together.”
Joseph Lathrop writes, “In this, as indeed in every affliction, the best consolation is drawn from a belief in, and meditation upon, God’s governing providence.”
In perplexing times, He is our Peace. When we are hurting, He is our Healer. In our loneliness, He loves us.