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Psalm 88


A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

Psalm 88:1   O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
Psalm 88:2   Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry!
Psalm 88:3   For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.
Psalm 88:4   I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength,
Psalm 88:5   Forsaken among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And they are cut off from Your hand.
Psalm 88:6   You have put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the depths.
Psalm 88:7   Your wrath has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah.
Psalm 88:8   You have removed my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an object of loathing to them; I am shut up and cannot go out.
Psalm 88:9   My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.
Psalm 88:10   Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
Psalm 88:11   Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Psalm 88:12   Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
Psalm 88:13   But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
Psalm 88:14   O LORD, why do You reject my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?
Psalm 88:15   I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
Psalm 88:16   Your burning anger has passed over me; Your terrors have destroyed me.
Psalm 88:17   They have surrounded me like water all day long; They have encompassed me altogether.
Psalm 88:18   You have removed lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.
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