A Cry of Desperation

A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out before You day and night.
References for Psalms 88:1
      2 May my prayer reach Your presence; listen to my cry.
      3 For I have had enough troubles, and my life is near Sheol.
      4 I am counted among those going down to the Pit. I am like a man without strength,
      References for Psalms 88:4
        • a 88:4 - Ps 28:1; 143:7; Isa 38:18
          5 abandoneda among the dead. I am like the slain lying in the grave, whom You no longer remember, and who are cut off from Your care.
          References for Psalms 88:5
            • b 88:5 - Or set free
            • c 88:5 - Ezk 32:20-32
            • d 88:5 - Or hand
              6 You have put me in the lowest part of the Pit, in the darkest places, in the depths.
              References for Psalms 88:6
                • e 88:6 - Ps 86:13; Lm 3:55; Ezk 26:20
                  7 Your wrath weighs heavily on me; You have overwhelmed me with all Your waves. Selah
                  8 You have distanced my friends from me; You have made me repulsive to them. I am shut in and cannot go out.
                  References for Psalms 88:8
                    • f 88:8 - Jb 19:13-22
                      9 My eyes are worn out from crying. Lord, I cry out to You all day long; I spread out my hands to You.
                      10 Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah
                      References for Psalms 88:10
                        • g 88:10 - Isa 14:9; 26:14,19
                          11 Will Your faithful love be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
                          References for Psalms 88:11
                            • h 88:11 - Pr 15:11; 27:20; Jb 26:6
                              12 Will Your wonders be known in the darkness, or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
                              References for Psalms 88:12
                                  13 But I call to You for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer meets You.
                                  14 Lord, why do You reject me? Why do You hide Your face from me?
                                  References for Psalms 88:14
                                    • j 88:14 - Ps 74:1; 89:38
                                    • k 88:14 - Ps 10:1; 13:1; 27:9
                                      15 From my youth, I have been afflicted and near death. I suffer Your horrors; I am desperate.
                                      16 Your wrath sweeps over me; Your terrors destroy me.
                                      References for Psalms 88:16
                                          17 They surround me like water all day long; they close in on me from every side.
                                          18 You have distanced loved one and neighbor from me; darkness is my [only] friend.
                                          References for Psalms 88:18
                                            • m 88:18 - Or from me, my friends. Oh darkness!