O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.  Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! (Psalm 88:1-2 ESV)
Psalm 88 is a tough one to read and understand without a view of other Scripture. In this Psalm, the writer laments and laments and laments. And as the ESV Study Guide notes, usually, in the Psalms, laments are followed by a reminder of Truth, by a reminder of God’s care and goodness. Psalm 88 is different because there is no explicit “good news” revealed.
So why is this Psalm used as our reminder for worship today? Several reasons:
- We can cry to God anytime, like the psalmist. The psalmist was going through a horrible time, but he didn’t run away from God, he ran to Him to deliver his lament.
- The psalmist implicitly knows that God is sovereign. The psalmist may wonder why these things are happening, but he knows who is in control.
- When we are in Jesus Christ, we have assurance that this God who is all-powerful and sovereign over creation, hears our prayers and is there to lift our head when it hangs from lament and despair.
For these things and many others, let us praise the Lord today!
Amen and amen.