A personal reflection on Psalm 88
Like the Psalmist, as humans, there will always be times in life that we will feel troubles and our lives may draw near death, go down the dirtiest pit, lose strength, live in darkness, lose family and friends, be filled with grief, be rejected, afflicted and suffered, be in despair, destroyed, and abandoned.
Like the Psalmist, in times like these, we also feel that God doesn’t care, that God forgets about us, that God is the one who throws us into the pit, that His wrath is upon us, that He hides from us, that He rejects and destroys us.
14 Why, Lord, do you reject me
and hide your face from me?
But God isn’t like that! He is a God of LOVE and COMPASSION.
1 Lord, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.
The Psalmist here feels that God hates him, yet he acknowledged Him as the only one who can save Him from where He is. Like Job, he cries out to God and not to men. Even before this men presents there complaints, they both acknowledged that only God can save them. They didn’t count on their own strength neither the men around them; they both call and cry first to the Lord.
I pray that in times like this, when I feel that God didn’t care, I may be like the Psalmist and Job who calls and prays to God more, and acknowledge that only Him can answer and will surely save me from whatever circumstances that I am in.
In times like I feel like asking God this question:
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
your faithfulness in Destruction?
I should know and believe that His love never fails and His faithful endures.
God is not the last and the least resort, He will always be the first and the greatest.