Psalm 88
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O LORD, day and night I cry out to you. You have put me in the darkest depths. Do the dead rise up to praise you? I am in despair.

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 to 22,563 followers, with 17 retweets.

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This is the darkest hour of the Psalter. No other Psalm finishes without hope or resolution.


In the rest of my life I'm a director of worship. I decided to try to write a congregational song based on this famously bleak Psalm. Here's a demo:

(Warning: it's pretty sombre!)


Hi chrisjuby

I think you've done a good job. Would have liked it to be a little bit more "How Great Thou Art", "I Cannot Tell Why", "Be My Vision" etc:

Thanks anyway!
God bless you!


The writer is clearly in his darkest hour calling out to the Lord who hears him.


Thanks for your soundtrack. I believe you really caught the essence of this Psalm of total despair.


Thanks Carole! That song has meant a lot to me over the past couple of years.


really really really great

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