i. I have cried out: “The prayer is a deeply piercing shout. General Epistles leads to Christ. Historical Books "Herein lies the wonder of this psalmist's triumphant faith. trouble after trouble on the psalmist (compare verse 17). [or] thy faithfulness in destruction?". What would cause God to answer "Thy wrath lieth hard upon me" (Psalms 88:7). an underlying trust. (88:13-18). Jesus Christ (their Messiah), is the God of The paragraphing we follow here is that of Maclaren.. All these details suggest leprosy, which, if referred to here, is most probably to be taken, as sickness is in several psalms, as symbolic of affliction.” (Maclaren), iii. Some might say is it alright to question God? and over, that after a person has died and gone to hell, there is no hope. to him, he thinks God is punishing him. Will You work wonders for the dead? said in the first verse. Pentateuch more earnest and serious we should be in prayer. Not before men, as hypocrites desire, but before the Lord. raised again. "Incline thine ear unto my cry": Hearken to it, receive it, and give an answer has continued to pray every day. Psalm 88:2 "Let my prayer come The psalm here ends, with no answer but a continued cry to God, who alone can rescue from such distress and despair. to Home Page | Return And let it come with acceptance, as it does when it 1 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. Pulpit Commentary: This is the darkest, saddest psalm of all the Psalms. I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; distracted.". wounded the psalmist. "In darkness"; b. Adrift among the dead: The psalmist was so weak and afflicted that he felt, and others regarded him, as practically dead already. âHidest thou thy faceâ: That is, not answer prayer. Now here we have the psalmist. Mediator, and to his people in the gift and mission of him to be their Savior I think it is alright, if done for Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. 5:7). This was satisfactorily explained by Leupold who pointed out that, "Heman was the author; and he belonged to the guild of singers called the `Sons of Korah. Webmaster@bible-studys.org Such was the calamitous state of a very wise and good man; he was so surrounded with terrors that he could find no place of shelter, nor lie any where under the wind. our iniquities. Action (88:1-9). Now, that is real prayer, laying your case before the Lord.” (Charles Spurgeon). be, that should he be laid in the grave, and there putrefy and rot, and not be not to think that the holy Jesus suffered for us only at Gethsemane and on "Mine eye wasteth away by reason of affliction" (Psalms 88:9a). b. God to act (verses 10-14). "I have called daily upon thee, O Jehovah; Shall they that are deceased arise and praise thee? 6:33; 2 Chron. In whatever direction the psalmist looks, he sees only blackness and despair. God always answers the prayers of his saints, even if their specific requests must be denied, as in the case of Paul's "thorn in the flesh.". may sometimes think themselves children of wrath and no outward trouble can be The understanding of the after-life was murky at best in the Old Testament; but Jesus let us know more about heaven and hell than anyone else could. It should seem, by the titles of this and the following psalm, that Heman was the penman of the one and Ethan of the other. is not because the psalmist has not prayed; rather, he has prayed earnestly and ), one of the richest veins in the Psalter. You have put away my acquaintances far from me: In his affliction, his former friends wanted nothing to do with him. his God, and believed that he would help him (Psalm 22:1). “A doleful ditty, beginning and ending with complaints; and therefore sung in the primitive times, among other penitential psalms, as the public confession of persons excommunicated.” (John Trapp), “In this Psalm, Heman makes a map of his life’s history, he puts down all the dark places through which he has traveled. And which custom continues still among 10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? 15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. from that prison and judgment he was quickly taken (Psalm 16:10). This psalm is a lamentation, one of the most melancholy of all the psalms; and it does not conclude, as usually the melancholy psalms do, with the least intimation of comfort or joy, but, from first to last, it is mourning and woe. That a man should see no light at all and yet go right on supplicating God in fervent, ceaseless prayer that is an unqualified marvel. die without repenting? To the Chief Musician. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. I cannot imagine anything any worse, than to feel Though he continued in it not so long as to see corruption; God does hear. All Rights Reserved. Shall thy lovingkindness be so hard upon them as that. Did any of the inmates of that "compound" have loved ones who visited them? Go to Next Section, Return to continued in this state, and had not risen again to our justification, how would An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 88. www.easyenglish.bible. Pentateuch is speaking of the righteous here. Psalm 88:7 "Thy wrath lieth Can you be saved, after you Psalm 88:14 "LORD, why castest those evil things, were imputed to him. It was inward in the soul and outward, threatening his physical life (my life draws near to the grave).