Ever feel like giving up? Are you tired, worn down, depressed? Have you’ve tried to make things better, but no matter what you do, you fail? Feel like you have no friends? No one to talk to? Do you feel desperately alone?
When there is absolutely nothing else to cling to, there is a book of the Bible that speaks to us in our darkest hour. The Psalms. The writers of the Psalms don’t hide their true feelings when they describe their anguish, loneliness and abandonment. In Psalm 88, the writer is despondent; he’s despairing of life. He calls out to God; he asks God why He’s deserted him; he talks about how bad things are. Almost as an indictment towards God, he asks “Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?” He’s saying, “Lord, I’ve had enough! I can’t take anymore.” Then he cries out to God again saying “O, Lord I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.”
The Psalm ends with “You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.”
Those are the saddest words. I don’t know about you, but I have experienced that kind of agony. And at times the only thing that kept me going was simply holding on to my belief that there is a God.
When we go through the valley of death (Psalm 23:4) we need to know that we have a God who cares and won’t leave us there. We have to know that. Even when everything around us confirms our misery, we can cry out to God and know that He will eventually answer. I know, sometimes it feels like an eternity before He comes to our aid. It’s during those times of silence that we can get a seed of hope through reading the Psalms; that although we go through struggles that threaten to kill us, others have gone through it too, and have survived. Our relationships, our desires, and our faith can be restored and strengthened as a result of enduring.
Some people get help through counseling, some by seeing their medical doctor. These can be good ways of getting through dark days. But also, the most necessary help is found in God’s Word. The Psalms.