Honest Psalmist

Your wrath has swept over me;
    your terrors have destroyed me.
All day long they surround me like a flood;
    they have completely engulfed me.
You have taken from me friend and neighbor—
    darkness is my closest friend.  

-Psalm 88:16-18, NIV

And so ends Psalm 88.

In total darkness.

My best friend told me once that he and another friend would refer to a very bad day as a “Psalm 88 Day.” It fits. There’s not even a glimmer of hope in this Psalm. The psalmist does not fill us with sunshine and puppies.

The psalmist is honest:

Some days end with darkness as our closest friend.

When I was in the midst of the worst stress, I found the Psalms as my friends. They gave voice to my feelings and made me feel less alone. Even and especially a dark Psalm like this gave me comfort. I was not the only one who felt alone and covered in darkness by the end of the day tormented by terrors.

And I could be completely honest about this. The psalmist was. And his words are in the Bible!

I write this post for those of you who have had a Psalm 88 Day (or month). It’s okay to voice these feelings. God is big enough to hear your honest feelings. He will never turn you away.

And you are not alone.

You stand with me, this psalmist, and many, many saints over literally thousands of years who have felt similarly voicing their honest feelings to God.


5 thoughts on “Honest Psalmist”

  1. My roughest days are usually weekends my son is with his dad… Felt very alone this evening .. I then came here and read over 10 articles… With each one I got affirmation that staying married to a serial cheater was not the way to live and that I did the right thing leaving the marriage . I got encouragement that good days are ahead and life will be good again

    One hour later, I can feel the peace and joy of a God that defies understanding in my heart and I will go to bed happy.

    Please know you are making a difference DM and I am grateful. God bless you.

    1. My IPad always adds “a” to “GOD”!!! :(. I don’t believe in “a God” but in GOd! 🙂

  2. I needed this today. I read your blog nightly, you have made a difference in my life and I thank you for sharing your pain and triumph.

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