3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength. 5 I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.
Have you been “through the war” lately, feeling like everything is coming against you? It may be in the form of a lost job or a cheating spouse. When we experience a major trauma in life, our world, as we know it, comes crashing in. Our Psalm writer shares this very same sentiment in today’s scripture passage.
Oftentimes, we experience a similar level of frustration with a series of smaller events that seem to continue on without end. Even those “little things”, such as losing keys and overdue bills, can bring us to a breaking point…if we let it. It’s all about keeping proper focus and perspective on the One who can “work all things out for good” (Romans 8:28). Francesca Battistelli has a humorous yet inspirational song to help us cope with this particular type of frustration called, “This is the Stuff”.
Herman the Ezrahite, said the writer of Psalm 88, is honest with God about the depths of his hopelessness. However, his prayer doesn’t stop there. Verses 1 and 9 tell us that he calls out to God and God saves him. Herman knows where his help comes from and is not afraid to approach the Heavenly throne and ask for help.
And so it should be with us. Jesus the Messiah made the way for us to approach the Father directly with all our cares and concerns, my friends. Don’t carry that burden for another minute. Not now, Not ever, for there is abundant life awaiting us, just around the corner.
Papa, Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to bear our burdens. Thank you for hearing our prayers of hurt and anger, and understanding where we are coming from. Help us to lay these things down at the foot of your throne and focus on your all-encompassing love. Remind us that your help, your comfort, your strength is ours for the asking, through the power of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.