88:14 O Lord, why do you reject me,
and pay no attention to me?
88:15 I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain.
O (Observation): Wow! This author lets out all the stops and opens up! This level of anger and frustration TOWARDS GOD is rarely heard these days. But then, maybe this text is a witness to us that we can get frustrated towards God, and maybe even doubt God, and still, God loves us and sees us through.
God is bigger than our anger. God is bigger than our frustrations.
A (Application): I’ve visited with church members recently who are having a tough time with physical health. I see how we can all reach points of frustration and doubt. These members I’ve visited have a solid faith. But sometimes, the struggles can be overwhelming.
With this psalm today, I think we are given permission to be ticked off at God, even though God didn’t cause the illness. I think we are given permission to waver in our faith.
And what makes up for that anger and doubt? God’s grace poured out through the body of Christ.
We cannot hold our own selves up at times. We doubt at times. We get frustrated at times. And yet, God is bigger than our frustrations and doubts and fears. And God gives us one another to lean on.
I’m so glad Jesus lifts you and me, but on the days we don’t feel lifted, raise a fist in frustration and lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ who will walk through the valley with you. Perhaps sharing your burden will give you hope.
What burdens are you bearing? Can you come alongside someone who is suffering, and bear their burdens with them?
P (Prayer): Lord, we give you thanks for being able to bear our frustrations and still pour out grace on us all. Amen.