Bible Study Guide–(Psalm 88)


A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s Bible Reading Plan: Psalm 88/ A Prayer for Help in Despondency/ 19-BSG-88A: (Psalm 88: 1-18)/ Hymn: I need Thee every Hour (SDAH 483)

EXPLORATION: Afflictions made beneficial in leading us to seek God in prayer (Read Judg 4:3; Jer 31:18; Lam 2:17–19; Hos 5:14-15; Jon 2:1)

REFLECTION: This Psalm may be divided into three sections — Suffering from unanswered prayer (vv. 1–2, 13); Suffering from unending pain (vv. 3–5, 9, 15); and Suffering from undeserved persecution (vv. 6–8, 10–12, 14, 16–18). The Psalmist cries out to God day and night (1–2) because his life is full of trouble (3); He is at the point of death (3–5); His eyes are blinded by tears (9); He begs for the Lord’s mercy and help (9); He pleads day by day (13); He has suffered these things from his youth, (15). Furthermore, he feels like God’s wrath has rested upon him heavily (v. 6-7, 16); He feels utterly rejected by God (v. 14); It appears that He is close to drowning (17), and no one is there to help him (18).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: [1] What should you do when you suffer the darkness of despair and your prayers seems to be unanswered? Cry out day and night for God’s help! [2] What should you do when your life (soul) is full of adversity and suffering and you sense death is near? When you feel like a dead man (v. 4)? When you are very weak, with no strength left; like a corpse lying in the grave (v. 5)? Cry out day and night for God’s help! [3] What should you do when You feel like God has forgotten you and does not care? When you feel like God has put you into the darkest pit of suffering and despair? When no one is near to help (see v. 18) — Cry out day and night for God’s help!

Beloved, God alone can save you; God alone can hear and answer your prayers. Keep praying don’t lose hope! You desperately need Him to listen to you. Do you remember Joseph in prison, Daniel in the lion’s den, Christ in Gethsemane? Continue to cry out day and night for God’s help: for peace, solutions, and strength to endure.

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son/ daughter; in the hour of darkness: tragedy, afflictions, depression, loneliness, coronavirus pandemic, etc., please know that I AM WITH YOU! Listen to this promise: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.” (Isaiah 43:2, AMP) Cry out to me day and night and I will help you!

TODAY’S COMMITMENT: I will cry out urgently for God’s mercy (v. 9); I will appreciate God’s works (v. 10); I will Praise God and Declare His love and faithfulness (v. 10); I will strive to proclaim His righteousness even in the midst of tragedy, rejection, and afflictions, (v. 12).

Have A Blessed Day: “Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, AMP)