-, They came round about me daily like water -, Lover and friend hast thou put far from me -, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. He urges this as a reason why he should be rescued. 1870. "For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave." His whole life was labour and sorrow; he was afflicted as never man was, from his youth up. Psalm 8 is a hymn of praise. All is darkness!” That is, When I think of any of them, all is darkness, sadness. (A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of … The study is titled "The Living God and Obedience Prepares a Place for Him to Dwell." A psalm of the sons of Korah. "Mine eye wasteth away by reason of affliction" (Psalms 88:9 a). See the notes at Psalm 88:8. All forsook him, and fled. And thou hast afflicted me - Thou hast oppressed me, or broken me down. The psalmist pours out his soul to God in lamentation. The Book of Psalms Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET PSALM 88 Psa 88:1-18. 2 I will sing of your mercy forever, LORD a. proclaim your faithfulness through all ages. 1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God.. A description of the sick man‘s suffering, Psalm 88:1-9. (Continued from previous page: Psalm 88 - Commentary Part 1) That does not negate our need to complain to God. Why dost thou not deliver me from my troubles? Luther renders this, “O God, my Saviour.”. I am distracted - I cannot compose and control my mind; I cannot pursue any settled course of thought; I cannot confine my attention to anyone subject; I cannot reason calmly on the subject of affliction, on the divine government, on the ways of God. As the Book of Psalms was designed to be useful in all ages, and to all classes of people, and as such a state of mind as that described in this psalm might occur again and often - it was proper that such a condition of utter despondency, even in a good man, should be described, in order that others might see that such feelings are not necessarily inconsistent with true religion, and do not prove that even such a sufferer is not a child of God. 1 LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. To the Chief Musician. 3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. (1-9) He wrestles by faith, in his prayer to God for comfort. This is the time of year when many experience a seasonal depression attributed to the fact that the amount of sunlight is declining. Commentaries for Psalm Chapter 88 The psalmist pours out his soul to God in lamentation. This weighed him down into darkness and the deep. Psalm 88 [a] A song. Scripture: Psalm 88. The greater our troubles, the more earnest and serious we should be in prayer. Let my prayer come before thee - As if there were something which hindered it, or which had obstructed the way to the throne of grace; as if God repelled it from him, and turned away his ear, and would not hear. According to mahalath leannoth. STROPHE DIVISIONS OF MODERN TRANSLATIONS. They are free from the perils and the toils of life; they are emancipated from its cares and dangers. His prayer for mercy and deliverance, Psalm 88:10-18. They had been cut down, and were forgotten - as if God regarded them no more. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Compare the notes at Isaiah 14:9; notes at Job 10:21-22. They are suffered to lie and waste away, with no care on thy part to restore them to life, or to preserve them from offensiveness and decay. A Psalm of z the Sons of Korah. Shall my prayer prevent thee - Anticipate thee; go before thee: that is, it shall be early; so to speak even before thou dost awake to the employments of the day. This may mean either that they had so turned away that he could not see them, as if they were in the dark; or, that his familiars now - his companions - were dark and dismal objects - gloomy thoughts - sad forebodings. It occurs nowhere else except in this verse. 2:6 Heman the Ezrahite. Jul 27, 2014. Bible Commentary: Psalm 88. One-third of the psalms are laments. 1 A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. And in the morning - That is, each morning; every day. Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? A Song. 2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. But this wise man also suffered greatly. Compare Isaiah 38:18. A chapter by chapter and verse by verse study of Psalm taught by Pastor Paul LeBoutillier of Calvary Chapel Ontario, Oregon. 88:9 Psalm 88:9 is similar in content to Ps. A Maskil 1 of b Heman the Ezrahite. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 88 and more! According to Mahalath Leannoth. "Commentary on Psalms 88:4". Audio Commentary: Psalm 88 Psalm 88 1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: 2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; 3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. Treasury of David Commentary on Psalm 88 - Charles Spurgeon Such was the calamitous state of a good man. Thy wrath lieth hard upon me - Presses me down; burdens me. Those who professed to love me, and whom I loved - those whom I regarded as my friends, and who seemed to be my friends - are now wholly turned away from me, and I am left to suffer alone. The meaning here is, that he was about to die; or that his life or lives approached that state when the grave closes over us; the extinction of the mere animal life; and the separation of the soul - the immortal part - from the body. I am as a man that hath no strength - Who has no power to resist disease, no vigor of constitution remaining; who must die. It seems to me, therefore, that there is a reference in the word “Leannoth” to something which was said or sung on that occasion; or to something which might be properly said or sung in reference to sickness. All Rights Reserved. Bibliography InformationBarnes, Albert. The word Maschil (see the notes at the title to Psalm 32:1-11) conveys the idea that it is a didactic or instructive psalm - suggesting appropriate thoughts for such a season. PSALM 90 * God’s Eternity and Human Frailty. This psalm is a lamentation, one of the most melancholy of all the psalms; and it does not conclude, as usually the melancholy psalms do, with the least intimation of comfort or joy, but, from first to last, it is mourning and woe. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 88. And the Book of Psalms would have been incomplete for the use of the church, if there had not been at least one such psalm in the collection. To the leader: according to Mahalath Leannoth. And mine acquaintance into darkness - The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate render this, “my acquaintance from my misery.” Luther, “Thou hast caused my friends and neighbors, and my kindred, to separate themselves far from me, on account of such misery.” The literal rendering would be, my acquaintances are darkness. Scripture: Psalm 88. All these expressions are designed to convey the idea that he was near the grave; that there was no hope for him; that he must die. Thou hast made me an abomination unto them - As something which they would avoid, or from which they would revolt and turn away - as we turn away from the body of a dead man, or from an offensive object. Though our prayers are not soon answered, yet we must not give over praying. Death is freedom; and it is possible to derive solace from that idea of death, as Job did Job 3:19; but the psalmist here, as remarked above, did not so admit that idea into his mind as to be comforted by it. Compare the notes at Job 3:12; compare Psalm 21:3; Psalm 59:10; Psalm 79:8; Psalm 119:148; Matthew 17:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:15. Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. Selah. I. Lord, you have been our refuge. Psalms 88:6-7. 2 Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Shall anyone there dwell on the fidelity - the truthfulness - of God, in such a way as to honor him? Death is naturally gloomy; and when the light of religion does not shine upon the soul, and its comforts do not fill the heart, it is but natural that the mind should be full of gloom. For the director of music. Religion demands the best vigor of the intellect and the calmest state of the heart; and this great subject should be settled in our minds before we are sick - before we are laid on the bed of death. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Pulpit Commentary: This is the darkest, saddest psalm of all the Psalms. While I suffer thy terrors - I bear those things which produce terror; or, which fill my mind with alarm; to wit, the fear of death, and the dread of the future world. 11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon? The sustaining hope of resurrection, Ps 88:10 (with a solemn pause, "Selah"), Ps 88:11-12. Nothing grieves a child of God so much as losing sight of him; nor is there any thing he so much dreads as God's casting off his soul. It is not, as DeWette supposes, that he was weak and feeble, as the spirits of the departed are represented to be (compare the notes at Isaiah 14:9-11), but that the dead are made free from the burdens, the toils, the calamities, the servitudes of life; that they are like those who are emancipated from bondage (compare Job 7:1-2; Job 14:6); that death comes to discharge them, or to set them at liberty. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. The words, “upon Mahalath Leannoth,” are of very uncertain signification. In Psalm 88, God gives us permission to be fully human, to face the realties of misery rather than deny them, and to pour our complaints, despondency, and miseries before Him in prayer. The title of this psalm is A Contemplation of Ethan the Ezrahite. The word “pit” here means the grave - the same as Sheol in the previous verse. It may have been literally true that the author of the psalm had been a man always afflicted; or, this may be the language of strong emotion, meaning that his sufferings had been of so long continuance that they seemed to him to have begun in his very boyhood. Psalms 88 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. Scripture Psalm 88 Sort Bible Verse. He permitted him to bear his sorrows, unpitied and alone. For You aregreat, and do wondrous things; You alone areGod. A Psalm of the Korahites. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 88:10-12 10 Will You perform wonders for the dead? Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 88 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources . See the notes at Job 10:21-22. Psalms 88 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. 2. The writer bemoaned that be was not remembered even by God any more, and that he was cut off from God’s hand at least, so he thought. The sentiment here is substantially the same as in Psalm 6:5. Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me - The same ground of complaint, or expression of the depth of affliction, occurs elsewhere, Psalm 31:11; Psalm 38:11; Psalm 69:8. 1 O Lord, # Ps. (10-18). Beneath all this, there may be true love to God; beyond all this, there may be a bright world to which the sufferer will come, and where he will forever dwell. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 85. Set to “Mahalath Leannoth.” A Contemplation of # 1 Kin. You are here. So the great, the beautiful, and the good lie neglected in the grave. Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction - I weep; my eye pours out tears. My first business in the morning shall be prayer. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. It is implied here that, according to the views then entertained of the state of the dead, those things would not occur. It means properly. Psalm 88. © 2020 Christianity.com. Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name. UCG.org / Bible Study Tools / Bible Commentary / Bible Commentary: Psalm 88. Permission to Feel Despondent (Psalm 88) 1. Psalms 88:5. 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