In This Series
- When I Am Afraid (Psalm 56)
- When I'm Not in Control (Psalm 62)
- When I'm Alone in Darkness (Psalm 88)
- When I Am Forsaken (Psalm 22)
- When I Worship (Psalm 118)
- When I Follow (Psalm 23)
- When I'm Under Your Wing (Psalm 91)
- Beginning the Ascent (Psalm 120)
- Where Will My Help Come From (Psalm 121)
- Peace for Jerusalem (Psalm 122)
- Freedom and Mercy (Psalm 123)
Sunday, April 05, 2020
When I'm Alone in Darkness (Psalm 88)
The Bible is never sentimental about our suffering. It never peddles easy solutions or gimmicks. It is honest about the ways suffering leaves us feeling isolated and in darkness. But there is a kind of mercy in that this psalm even exists—that the Bible is willing to be this honest. That mercy trains us for our own days of suffering.
Psalm 88 is known as an imprecatory psalm. It is one of the most extreme laments in the psalter. Yet it too has been a part of believer’s worship for centuries.