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Psalm 88

posted 5 Sept 2014, 03:15 by Mark Broomhead

1O Lord, God of my salvation, •
I have cried day and night before you.

2Let my prayer come into your presence; •
incline your ear to my cry.

3For my soul is full of troubles; •
my life draws near to the land of death.

4I am counted as one gone down to the Pit; •
I am like one that has no strength,

5Lost among the dead, •
like the slain who lie in the grave,

6Whom you remember no more, •
for they are cut off from your hand. R

7You have laid me in the lowest pit, •
in a place of darkness in the abyss.

8Your anger lies heavy upon me, •
and you have afflicted me with all your waves.

9You have put my friends far from me •
and made me to be abhorred by them.

10I am so fast in prison that I cannot get free; •
my eyes fail from all my trouble. R

11Lord, I have called daily upon you; •
I have stretched out my hands to you.

12Do you work wonders for the dead? •
Will the shades stand up and praise you?

13Shall your loving-kindness be declared in the grave, •
your faithfulness in the land of destruction?

14Shall your wonders be known in the dark •
or your righteous deeds in the land where all is forgotten? R

15But as for me, O Lord, I will cry to you; •
early in the morning my prayer shall come before you.

16Lord, why have you rejected my soul? •
Why have you hidden your face from me?

17I have been wretched and at the point of death from my youth; •
I suffer your terrors and am no more seen.

18Your wrath sweeps over me; •
your horrors are come to destroy me;

19All day long they come about me like water; •
they close me in on every side.

20Lover and friend have you put far from me •
and hid my companions out of my sight.