Psalm 88 Outline
– The psalmist cried out day and night to God about his affliction (Psalm 88:1-2)
– The psalmist felt he is near death and that God has cut him off (Psalm 88:3-5)
– The psalmist felt God has put him in a deadly situation (Psalm 88:6-9)
– The psalmist spread out his hands to pray to God (Psalm 88:10-12)
– The psalmist felt that God has rejected him (Psalm 80:13-14)
– The psalmist had been afflicted to the point of death (Psalm 80:15-18)
Psalm 88 Summary
In Psalm 88:1-2, the psalmist cry out day and night, begging him to save him from his affliction.
In Psalm 88:3-5, the psalmist’s life is full of trouble. He felt that he is nearing death and so counted as those who are going down to the afterlife. He felt that it is as if he is already dead, like the slain in the grave, whom God has forgotten and cut off from his care.
In Psalm 88:6-9, the psalmist felt that God has put him in a deadly and hopeless situation. He felt his friends had abandoned him. Now, he felt there is no more way for him to escape and he is filled with grief.
In Psalm 88:10-12, the psalmist spread out his hands to pray to God every day. The psalmist questioned God if he show his wonder to the dead in the grave. He asked if the dead will praise him. He asked God if his love is declared to the faithful people in the afterlife.
In Psalm 88:13-14, the psalmist grumbled that he has been crying out to God for help in the morning but he has not receive any answer so he felt that God has rejected him and hide his face from him.
In Psalm 88:15-18, the psalmist had been afflicted to the point of death many times in the past. He felt that God is showing his wrath on him to destroy him. He felt lonely and abandoned by his companions and loved ones. Now, he is in darkness.
Psalm 88 Bible Study
1. Patiently wait upon God
The psalmist is frustrated and impatient because it seemed that his situation is not turnaround even after he had prayed to God every day. We must pray patiently and persistently. After praying, you must speak positive things. In Philippians 4:6, be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. In 1 Thessalnians 5:18, in every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. In Ephesians 5:20, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 5:4, neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. In Colossians 3:8, but now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. In James 3:6, and the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.