Here’s a psalm that ends without a glimmer of hope. Psalm 88 concludes with the psalmist shunned by friends and family, leaving him with darkness as his only companion. No happy ending? Will find it elsewhere in the Psalms, but not here.
This psalm tells us what we already know. Life isn’t always neat and tidy. Things don’t always turn out the way we’d like them to. We feel hemmed in. Through an exit leading to nowhere.
Remember a time when you cry out to God, and no one seems to be there? I do. When friends quickly disappear. Tongues wag with gossip. Did God let go of me? Left to my own devices?
You know what I needed most? Someone to sit by me. Use their two ears rather than a big mouth. Possibly then I’d listen to the Lord. Better chance than when you bomb me with guilt and unwelcome advice. Or lob pointed Bible verses my way. Here’s something else–pray with me. Cry out to God.
In my story, life gets better in some ways. Not so great in others. Not everything collapsed around me as I feared. Neither did I get everything I hoped for. You know how this can be.
Looking at Psalm 88 again, I notice something– ‘O Lord, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you (v.1).’ Wait a minute. He hasn’t lost his faith in the Lord. He’s hanging on to Him as best he can. You can also. I did. I’m still holding on to the One who is my salvation. No matter what. Even if the happy ending will not be in this life. Even then. Especially then.
Thank you, Lord, that we can trust you no matter what. In Jesus’ name. Amen.