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“𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳.
𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘦𝘧𝘵.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘭𝘪𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘯
𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦. 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯, 𝘤𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦.
𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘪𝘵, 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘩𝘴."
Psalm 88 “is an individual lament, suited for a person who is so overwhelmed with troubles...The psalm allows the singer to lay out these despairing feelings; it does not claim that such feelings correspond to reality. Indeed, anyone genuinely singing this to the Lord, however miserable he may feel, can be assured that he is still expressing true faith. And yet these despairing feelings produce genuine pain, whether or not they correspond to reality” (ESV Study Bible). The psalmist is in pain. His feelings are real and valid even if we know from the whole of Scripture that the Lord will never forget us. The psalmist could have shoved these feelings deep down inside behind a smiling exterior, but no matter how well you think you’ve hidden your true feelings from God, He sees it all.
Perhaps these thoughts of the Psalmist are irrational, but we cannot neglect who he is pouring these feelings out to. 𝐇𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐝, even calling Him “the God of my salvation,” and therefore we can see faith coexisting with intense feelings of despair.
Cry out to God no matter how confused your thoughts are or how broken your mind feels. God is not afraid of your troubles or the darkness you find yourself in.
“𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘳, 𝘖 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱.” 𝘗𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘴 130:1