2017-03-25 - The Psalms Speak about Despair
The Psalms are full of pleas to God for help. Psalm 42 starts with the psalmist saying, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." In Psalm 43, the writer asks, "Why have you rejected me?" Psalm 88 is a cry made by one who was in the depths of despair. This psalm is the story of a man whose life is full of pain, despair, and the feeling of abandonment. The psalmist ends by saying that "darkness is my closest friend."
Have you ever felt helpless and alone - whether because of illness, a financial situation or a relationship failure or other problem? Have you felt like you were stuck in a pit of hopelessness? If so, you are not alone. The writers of the Psalms experienced the same thoughts. As the people of old, today we can still cry out to God. We can plead for help. Our prayers don't have to be fancy or elegant. We can simply cry out. As the psalmist said, "May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry." (Psalm 88:2, NIV)
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.