Updated: Feb 9, 2021
Psalm 88 is straight up SAD.
It talks about crying out to the Lord all day and night. It explains a “soul full of trouble” and being in the “lowest pit” and “darkest depths.”
In fact, it ends with “the darkness is my closest friend.”
These words sound like they came from a broken heart. It sounds like someone who was experiencing grief and perhaps trauma.
It sounds like someone who felt like God had abandoned them.
They couldn’t even finish off the Psalm on a hopeful note. It ended with mourning and darkness.
And sometimes that’s how it goes.
We can’t wrap up our current situation in a pretty bow. We can’t find the bright side.
All we can do is go to God and honestly pour out our aching hearts.
There does come a time though, when we feel our chin being lifted upward as the Lord wants us to meet His gaze.
He doesn’t tell us to put our brokenness away. He doesn’t tell us to get over it.
He tells us to come. Just as we are. Grief, trauma, fear.. all of it.
He reminds us who He is. He reminds us what He has already done.
It’s no surprise that the very next Psalm (89) starts with “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through generations.”
He knew what He was doing putting those Psalms one after another.
He’s okay with us not being okay.
But that’s not the end of the story.
His great love and faithfulness is.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog