Daily Bible Reading “God Help Me” (Psalm 88:1-18)

Psalm 88-1God Help Me

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 88:1-18. Psalm 88 is a Psalm to the chief Musician for the sons of Korah. In this Psalm the Psalmist reminds God he has cried out to Him day and night. The Psalmist acknowledges God as the God of his salvation. He begged God to hear his prayer. He has seen so much trouble he is distraught. He pleads for God to help him.

The Psalmist is at the end of himself. He was desperate for God to intervene in the situation. He doesn’t know what else to do. The affliction of his body has robbed him of his strength, so much so that he felt like a he was about to be a dead man. He had suffered with these afflictions since his youth. He is tired and worn out.

His friends and acquaintances have deserted him. He questions God as to why He has poured His wrath out on him and asks God if the dead will praise Him? Have you felt desperate for God to hear and answer your prayers?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 88:1-18

1 [A Song [or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.]] O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
14 LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

 

Things to think about:

  • Have you ever felt like God deserted you? When?
  • What are some times in your life when you wondered if God heard your prayers?
  • In what ways have you felt weak in the struggles of this life?
  • How often do you bring your cares and concerns to God in prayer?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 88. In this Psalm we see that this man was desperate for You to help him. Even through all his trouble he still prayed to you day and night. Help us not to grow weary in this troubled world, but to continually seek Your face for help in our times of trouble. Help us to find comfort and solitude in You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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