Study Guide – Psalm 88:1-10

Psalm 88-1-10


1 O Lord, God of my salvation,
    I cry out to you by day.
    I come to you at night.
2 Now hear my prayer;
    listen to my cry.
3 For my life is full of troubles,
    and death draws near.
4 I am as good as dead,
    like a strong man with no strength left.
5 They have left me among the dead,
    and I lie like a corpse in a grave.
I am forgotten,
    cut off from your care.
6 You have thrown me into the lowest pit,
    into the darkest depths.
7 Your anger weighs me down;
    with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude

8 You have driven my friends away
    by making me repulsive to them.
I am in a trap with no way of escape.
9     My eyes are blinded by my tears.
Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;
    I lift my hands to you for mercy.
10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?
    Do the dead rise up and praise you? NLT


Read verses 1-10.


When has the writer cried out?


What has the writer cried out?


Look specifically at verses 5-7. Can you identify with these words? What is it like to have feelings like these towards God? 


Look specifically at verses 8-10. Describe the writer's frustration and exhaustion.



Find a statement of hope in this psalm of despair.



Are you surprised to find this level of raw honesty in the Bible? If someone you knew were in a time of deep despair like this, how could you use this psalm to minister to them?


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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