As Christians, from our childhood we are taught that the best way of having a relationship with God is through Faith and prayer. The better we know about prayer the more it helps us communicate with God in each and every circumstances and mood and the best way to know about prayer is to read the book of psalm in the bible, That is why Psalms is called as the prayer book of the Bible.
Psalm 88 is a plea for God to stop hiding his face from the suffering psalmist. Prayer from the one under great affliction.It opens with the psalmist crying out continuously to the God of his salvation (verses 1–2) and it ends the same way (verses 13–14).
There isn’t any chapter in the scripture that best describes the poignant passage of Chronic suffering like psalm 88 does. The Psalmist expresses his agony, helplessness and all the pain and sufferings he has gone through from his childhood and yet hasn’t found a way out and is in a state of suffocation from unrelieved sufferings and this is the only psalm that actually ends without any expression of hope.
Though Psalm 88 might not seem like a safe bet like any other chapter of psalm to know more about prayer but it does teaches 2 very important lessons.
First, they teach us that even when we when we have a complaint with God, we are to take it directly to him. The psalmists never complain about God; they always complain to him.
And, secondly, they teach us to be honest. All of the psalmists, exactly like the unknown psalmist who penned Psalm 88, model transparency, expressing their complaints to God as frankly as they can.
Both of these lessons are, so to speak, part of the psalmists’ exhaling, of their crying out, pleading, and complaining to God by breathing out to him what it would be harmful for them to try to withhold from him.
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.