Psalm 88

“LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you” (v1).  After declaring the truth about who God is, the psalmist expressed his deep pain. “I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death” (v3).  He was “without strength … in the darkest depths …confined and cannot escape” (v4-8).  The psalmist did not hold back with God; he was completely honest. “You have taken from me friend and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend” (v18). 

“But I cry to you for help, Lord …” (v13).  We don’t have to pretend anything with the Lord.  We can freely pour out our hearts and expect help from “the God who saves.”