Out of the Darkness

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You. Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry! For my soul has had enough troubles, and my life has drawn near to Sheol . . . You have removed lover and friend far from me; my acquaintances are in darkness.” Psalm 88:1-18 NASB

The Bible tells us that this psalm was written by “Heman the Ezrahite.” Elsewhere in the Bible, we read that Heman was a man appointed to “raise sounds of joy” (1 Chronicles 15). But here in the Psalms, he expressed despair instead.

In spite of his prayers, he felt that God was being silent. Heman reminded God that his life was short and did not understand why he seemed to suffer. And the psalm ends not in praise but darkness.

As Heman went through difficulties, he did not seem to consider that God had an eternal perspective on his life. God had not forgotten him but was allowing experiences to help him mature. He was being strengthened and equipped, and learning deeper truths. And God still wanted Heman to “raise sounds of joy.”

In one way or another, all of us can go through situations like this. In spite of our faith and prayers, we still can feel surrounded by darkness. This happens to many people around Christmas. At times like this we need to remember God’s promises, and not give in to despair.

Today, if you feel discouraged or hopeless, remember that God is with you. He has not forgotten you. Hold fast to His Word. Don’t give up. And remember that Jesus came that you might have life, that your sins might be forgiven. No matter what is happening, you can be filled with joy. Share that Good News with others, and help bring the light to hearts filled with darkness.


Prayer: Father, I know that You are with me in every situation I face. I trust in You. Help me bring Your light to the world. I praise and worship You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.