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Bridgeway Bible Commentary
Psalms 88



Verses 1-18

Psalm 88 Darkness and despair

Overcome with trials and seeing no way out of the situation, the writer prays desperately to God (1-2). He sees himself as being close to death, with no way of being rescued (3-5). He feels as if he has been left to die by both God and friends (6-8). He wants to experience God's saving power now, while he is still alive, for it will be too late when he is dead (9-12).

Looking back, the writer sees that all his life he has had nothing but suffering, yet God still seems to ignore him. In fact, it seems that God deliberately attacks him, crushing him with sorrow and taking away from him even the comfort of friends. In spite of this, he does not turn away from God, but brings his burden to him daily (13-18).


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Flemming, Donald C. "Commentary on Psalms 88:4". "Brideway Bible Commentary". 2005.

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