Psalm 88

“But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you” (v13).  Most prayer psalms express a need and, in the end, celebrate God’s goodness.  This psalm is unusual in that the author simply describes his pain: “my soul is full of troubles … my eye grows dim through sorrow” (v3,9).  There is no easy resolution nor quick answer. “I am shut in so that I cannot escape” (v8).  The psalmist models total honesty before God, which is the only pathway to healing.

The very act of prayer brings us into the presence of the One who loves us and never abandons us, even “in the regions dark and deep” (v6).