Author: The sons of Korah
Verse 1 – O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.
Verse 2 – Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry.
Verse 3 – For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave.
Verse 4 – I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength,
Verse 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.
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t go on anymore? Something has happened in the psalmist’s life that makes him feel hopeless and that God has deserted him. This is one of the few psalms that gives no answer or expression of hope. Grief and or depression takes time for healing, but we can talk to God and ask Him to lift us up.
Verse 6 – You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths.
verse 7 – Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah
Verse 8 – You have put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them. (Job 19:13, 19 – all friends are gone). I am shut up, and I cannot get out;
Verse 9 – My eyes wastes away because of affliction. Lord, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You.
I’m not saying this of the psalmist, but sometimes we like to have a “pity party.” I don’t know anyone who hasn’t needed a miracle at some point in their life. We have to know God’s Word to remember it though, because He says that He will withhold no good thing. Also, throughout the psalms, over and over, He says He will deliver us out of all our troubles. Whenever I feel like the psalmist, I dig little deeper into what God says, and stand on that Word.
Verse 10 – Will You work wonders of the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah
Verse 11 – Shall Your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
Verse 12 – Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
Have you ever asked God rhetorical questions when you don’t see help coming your way, I have. Usually doubt will hit me like a ton of bricks, first thing in the morning, but I’m always reminded of the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13, starting at verse 24.
A man had sown good seed in his field, but while he slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat.
While he slept – while he was unaware. The enemy will sow seeds of doubt while we sleep, so that doubt will hit us when we wake up. Doubt shows up in what we were believing in “Yesterday.”
However, look what Jesus says He will do in verse 30 – Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Look, we all are going to have doubt of whether God will or is going to fix a problem, but when you put more “good seed (Word) in your field (Spirit) that will out number the “tares” (doubt), Jesus will gather you (us) unto Himself!
Verse 13 – But to You I have cried out, O Lord, and in the morning my prayer comes before You.
Verse 14 – Lord, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?
Verse 15 – I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth up; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.
Verse 16 – Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off.
Verse 17 – They came around me all day long like water; they engulfed me altogether.
Verse 18 – Loved one and friend You have put far from me, and my acquaintances into darkness.
Well, don’t go back and read this psalm if you need to be encouraged. Only re-read it if you want to feel sorry for yourself. I’m not making light of the psalmist situation, nor am I blind to the compassion needed. What I’m saying is, “Don’t let your emotions slip you so far into a pit of depression that you think your situation is hopeless. God is faithful and He hears every cry. Trust in the One who gave it all for you and me. Jesus said He’s never going to leave us, so He’s right there beside us, holding us up!