When Darkness is Your Best Friend

SERIES – How to Stand Strong When Things Go Wrong

Psalm 88 NIV

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

1     O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.

2     May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

3     For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave.

4     I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.

5     I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.

6     You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.

7     Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. Selah

8     You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;

9     my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you.

10   Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? Selah

11   Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction?

12   Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13   But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

14   Why, O Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?

15   From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.

16   Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.

17   All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.

18   You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 39:13 NIV

Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more.”

Psalm 22 NIV

1     My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

2     O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.

3     Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.

4     In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.

5     They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

6     But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.

7     All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

8     “He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

9     Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.

10   From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11   Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

12   Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

13   Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.

14   I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.

15   My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

16   Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

17   I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.

18   They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

19   But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

20   Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.

21   Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22   I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.

23   You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

24   For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

25   From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.

26   The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the Lord will praise him– may your hearts live forever!

27   All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,

28   for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

29   All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him– those who cannot keep themselves alive.

30   Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.

31   They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn– for he has done it.

Pain (vs. 1-2, 6-7, 12-18)

Petition (vs. 11, 20-21)

Protection (v. 19)

Praise (vs. 22-26)

Sources of his darkness:

  1. The darkness of unanswered prayer (vs. 88:1-2, 13)
  2. The darkness of unending pain (vs. 3-5, 9, 15)
  3. The darkness of undeserved persecution

Darkness is:

I. Real

Kinds of Darkness

  1. Outer Darkness (vs. 4, 5, 8, 18, 4-5, 11)
  2. Inner Darkness

II. Revealing (vs. 10-12)

You can love God for:

  1. Something
  2. Nothing

III. Rewarding

1 Chronicles 6:33 NIV – Here are the men who served, together with their sons: From the Kohathites: Heman, the musician, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,

1 Chronicles 25:6 NIV – All these men were under the supervision of their fathers for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.

Matthew 27:45-46 NIV 45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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