-Theme: When there is misery with no relief in sight, the God of our salvation hears our cries and understands our deepest needs.
-Historical Insight: This is a Psalm of Herman, one of the sons of Korah, for the choir director in the Temple. It is according to Mahalath Leannoth, a Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. This may very well be the same man mentioned in 1 Chronicles 15:19; 16:41; 25:4-5 as a musician and the king’s seer.
-*Application* There will be trouble at times in this life (John 16:33). While we rest in the fact that Jesus has overcome the world, our times of misery and despair threaten our peace, hope, and joy in often very unrelenting ways. During these dark times of the soul, continue to reach out in prayer and supplication before the LORD both day and night (Psalm 88:1). He is our salvation and restoration. God knows our needs before we even ask, so don’t hesitate to beseech His grace, mercy, and comfort in your dire straits. Feel forsaken with a lot of questions? You are not alone as proven by the Psalmist here. At times we can feel low and deep in the pit of anguish, but the truth is that God is watching out for our well-being and will again look on you with favor if you hold on to His promises. He often withdraws so that we will come running back to Him with more love, more determination, and more devotion. This allows us to grow in our dependence on Him and makes us realize that we have nothing but Him for our sustenance. Your affliction always has a purpose, and God will make you more like Him in the process of suffering. He does not reject forever. Hold on to Him when things seem bleakest. Be honest with God about your feelings, the Psalmist certainly does here as we can see, but then look for His glimpses and glimmers of hope. The turnaround will come. When your heart finds troubled times, remember that this too shall pass!
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 88:1