Reflections on Psalm 88

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1.  At least three: 1. Life without living v3, v5, v15 2. Death without hope v vs10-12 3. Questions without answers vs 1,2,14,18.

2. Perhaps in case we are tempted to think it doesn’t apply to me – because the language is general it speaks more widely to our pains.

3. Perhaps in case we are tempted to think it doesn’t apply to me – because the language is general it speaks more widely to our pains.

4. There are many questions and no answers. The only note of hope is in verse 1, and this is almost what creates his problem – ‘If you’re the God who saves me, why aren’t you doing so?’

5. The very last word of this Psalm is ‘darkness’ – there is no clear happy ending.

6. This Psalm validates the scream of pain as a legitimate expression to God of what it means to be a believer in a fallen world. This is one of the ways this psalm helps us.

7. Firstly notice that although this man is engulfed in darkness he is not totally lost in the darkness, for he is always at every stage aiming his words at someone, at God, even though he cannot feel his presence. Notice the ‘you haves’ in verses 6-8. Secondly, to simply pray in itself, even without answer, is always a sign of spiritual health – talking face to face with someone is always healthier than talking to yourself. Right to the end the psalmist doesn’t stop praying.