The Darkness Of Despair
Psalm 88 is the prayer of an individual completely engulfed in gloom and despair, The kind of prayer that a person in this condition is call a prayer of lament, a prayer in which we are open with God, we “let it all hang out”, we stop “faking fine”. When we’re open with God, in prayer, about our feelings of sadness, or frustration, even anger our prayer is one of lament. (see This Thanksgiving Stop Faking Fine). Lament is an expression of grief or sorrow. This is not a prayer for the super-spiritual. Lament is a prayer for all of us.
The time when you had no idea how you would pay the mounting medical bills. The appointment where you learned it was cancer. The officer at your door with a bowed head and a tragic report. Your first Christmas without him or her. Have you ever found yourself in that kind of moment?
In your moments of greatest desperation, you’ll discover that you can depend on Jesus. Desperation fosters dependence. So run to Him.
Cry out for Him. You’ll find a friend who sticks closer than a brother. You’ll experience a peace that surpasses your understanding. You’ll climb into a strong refuge and a safe hiding place. You’ll get to know Him as Immanuel, “God with you.” And you’ll learn that He can be depended on when you need Him the most.
Psalms 142:6-7 ERV Listen to my prayer. I am so weak. Save me from those who are chasing me. They are stronger than I am. Help me escape this trap, so that I can praise your name. Then good people will celebrate with me, because you took care of me.
Editor’s Note: Some content from Desperate for Immanuel by Kyle Idleman, from his book Not A Fan