Caught in Despair


Psalm 88

Prayer

-

For those who are

Suffering

in a time of

Despair

and

Darkness


Psalm 88

is

an angry, raw, dark prayer

that

God provides for us

for

our times of great difficulty and despair.

~


Does God understand your

horrific circumstances?

Yes....

He wrote about it

in

Psalm 88.


As you read

or

hear Psalm 88


LISTEN

to God

writing

about your pain....

about your discouragement....

about your confusion....

about your desperation.







The placement of Psalm 88 in the Bible

is a sign to us

that God gives us

permission

to be real with him

and share

what we really think and feel

no matter how raw and shocking it is.




Directly below

is a sermon that is

a

"must-hear"

for those who are experiencing a dark time -

or helping someone else in a dark time.




Next we present

part of the prayer

given during the video above:


Lord,

Help us to have conversations

that

we need to have with you.

-

Help us to share prayers

and parts of our life

that we are shying away from

because

it is uncomfortable

and because

we are afraid those prayers will come out

angry.

-

Help us to go there with you.

Amen



Psalm 88

Prayer Song






More

Psalm 88 Prayer



God,

In my desperation, I cry out to you.

Dark feelings are sweeping over me.

Dark thoughts are sweeping over me.

I am being swept into awful places.

Where is the light of your help?

Where?

Copyright © 2016 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com





More Psalm 88 Prayer



God,

I am caught in despair.

Trouble is everywhere.

I plead with you.

Lead me OUT of this darkness.

Lead me OUT of this feeling of isolation.

Lead me OUT of this pain.

Lead me OUT of ALL of this...

Rescue me... Today!

Copyright © 2016 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


God,

My life makes no sense.

Where is your goodness?

This is too hard.

-

Today I feel

DESPERATE 

for your will

to make sense.

-

Today I feel

DESPERATE

to see your

goodness

in the land of the living.

-

Today I feel

DESPERATE

to change things.

-

What sense does this make?

Where is your goodness?

Where?

Where is your help?

Where?

Copyright © 2016 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Psalm 88

is

written out

at the bottom

of the page


Next we

personalize

the

Psalm 88 Prayer

presented

earlier.


Lord,

Help me to have conversations

that

I need to have with you.

-

Help me to share prayers

and parts of my life

that I am shying away from

because it is uncomfortable

and because

I am afraid those prayers will come out

angry.

-

Help me to go there with you.

Amen


~ ~ ~


We cannot hide our heart from God.

He knows the deepest feelings

and the deepest thoughts that we have.

~

Do not be afraid

to speak to God.

~

Do not be afraid to shout out your pain.

~

Do not be afraid to question God.

~

 - Just….Just….don’t walk away from God. - - 

He is the one who will eventually

lead you out of this mess.

 

At some point during each difficult day,

God will reach out to you

to give you the opportunity

to choose to

firmly decide

to draw close to God

no matter what

is happening in your life.

-

If you refuse him day after day,

you will grow lukewarm and distant

from the one who loves you

with an everlasting love.


If

you are looking for a more traditional kind of page...

We have many pages

designed to bring strength

and comfort from God.

Consider:   Musical Comfort from God

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Psalm 88 from the NKJV


O Lord, God of my salvation,
I have cried out day and night before You.



2 Let my prayer come before You;
Incline Your ear to my cry.


3 For my soul is full of troubles,
And my life draws near to the grave.


4 I am counted with those who go down to the pit;
I am like a man who has no strength,


5 Adrift among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And who are cut off from Your hand.


6 You have laid me in the lowest pit,
In darkness, in the depths.


7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah


8 You have put away my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an abomination to them;
I am shut up, and I cannot get out;


9 My eye wastes away because of affliction.

Lord, I have called daily upon You;
I have stretched out my hands to You.


10 Will You work wonders for the dead?
Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah


11 Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave?
Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?


12 Shall Your wonders be known in the dark?
And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?


13 But to You I have cried out, O Lord,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You.


14 Lord, why do You cast off my soul?
Why do You hide Your face from me?


15 I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth;
I suffer Your terrors;
I am distraught.


16 Your fierce wrath has gone over me;
Your terrors have cut me off.


17 They came around me all day long like water;
They engulfed me altogether.


18 Loved one and friend You have put far from me,
And my acquaintances into darkness.


Psalm 88 KJV


O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.

7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.

8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

14 Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.

17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.

18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

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