Psalm 88

1Lord God, you are my Savior. I have been praying to you day and night. 2Please pay attention to my prayers. Listen to my prayers for mercy. 3My soul has had enough of this pain! I will soon die. 4People already treat me like a dead man, like a man too weak to live. 5Look for me among the dead people. I am like a dead body lying in the grave, one of the dead people you forgot, cut off from you and your care. 6You put me in that hole in the ground. Yes, you put me in that dark place. 7God, you were angry at me, and you punished me. selah 8My friends have left me. They all avoid me like a person no one wants to touch. I am locked in the house and I can’t go out. 9My eyes hurt from ˻crying about˼ all my suffering. Lord, I pray to you constantly! I lift my arms in prayer to you. 10Lord, do you do miracles for dead people? Do ghosts rise up and praise you? No! selah 11Dead people in their graves can’t talk about your love. Dead people in the world of the dead can’t talk about your loyalty. 12Dead people lying in darkness can’t see the amazing things you do. Dead people in the World of the Forgotten can’t talk about your goodness. 13Lord, I am asking you to help me! Early each morning I pray to you. 14Lord, why have you abandoned me? Why do you refuse to listen to me? 15Since I was young, I was weak and sick. I have suffered your anger, I am helpless. 16Lord, you were angry at me, and the punishment is killing me. 17The aches and pains are always with me. I feel like I am drowning in my aches and pains. 18And Lord, you forced all my friends and loved ones to leave me. Only darkness stayed to be with me.

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