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August 9, 2020: The Lord’s Prayer—Sixth Petition

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 88—A Prayer for Salvation from Overwhelming Trouble—There are times in life in which even the Christian can be overwhelmed with trouble of every kind to the extent that there appears to be no help or deliverance for him. Psalm 88 gives voice to such times. The psalmist declares that his soul is full of troubles. He has no strength. He feels God’s wrath. His friends have abandoned him. He is all alone. He stands on the precipice of death. He suffers the terrors of being cast off by God. Yet in the face of such despondency and apparent hopelessness, faith clings to the Lord and cries out to Him for deliverance: “O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles… Lord, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You … and in the morning my prayer comes before You.” For the Christian who has ever experienced what the psalmist confesses, Psalm 88 is of great comfort because it not only gives voice to such despondency, but it is also the proper prayer because it is given to us by God that we might wait upon Him for the strength to endure and for the deliverance we need. In the end, the Lord hears our prayers and will not abandon the one who puts his hope in Him.


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