Before David passes the baton of leadership to Solomon, he prepares Israel to become a community of worshipers by separating the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to "prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals" and to "give thanks and praise to the LORD" (1 Chron. 25:1, 3). They are "instructed in the songs of the LORD" (25:7) so that they may lead Israel in worship.
At least fourteen songs are produced at the end of David's reign and in the early days of Solomon's reign. Psalm 88 is the first of those songs, and it is not a song of joy, but of great sadness.
As graphite sticks to the oily fingerprints left upon a surface so this song picks up the muddy fingerprints of sorrow upon the soul.
Terrible affliction from an unnamed source (Ps. 88:1-9a)
Desperate times call for desperate prayers (88:9b-12)
Declaration of hope (88:13)
Concludes without a resolution (88:14-18)
This song offers several morsels of truth:
Psalm 89 begins by describing God's faithfulness and transitions to King David's legacy. How does David's life reflect God's faithfulness?
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