Get the free app for more features and content.
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

1Lord, my God, I call for help by day;

I cry out in the night before thee.

2Let my prayer come before thee,

incline thy ear to my cry!

3For my soul is full of troubles,

and my life draws near to Sheol.

4I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit;

I am a man who has no strength,

5like one forsaken among the dead,

like the slain that lie in the grave,

like those whom thou dost remember no more,

for they are cut off from thy hand.

6Thou hast put me in the depths of the Pit,

in the regions dark and deep.

7Thy wrath lies heavy upon me,

and thou dost overwhelm me with all thy waves.   Selah

8Thou hast caused my companions to shun me;

thou hast made me a thing of horror to them.

I am shut in so that I cannot escape;

9my eye grows dim through sorrow.

Every day I call upon thee, O Lord;

I spread out my hands to thee.

10Dost thou work wonders for the dead?

Do the shades rise up to praise thee?   Selah

11Is thy steadfast love declared in the grave,

or thy faithfulness in Abaddon?

12Are thy wonders known in the darkness,

or thy saving help in the land of forgetfulness?

13But I, O Lord, cry to thee;

in the morning my prayer comes before thee.

14Lord, why dost thou cast me off?

Why dost thou hide thy face from me?

15Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,

I suffer thy terrors; I am helpless.

16Thy wrath has swept over me;

thy dread assaults destroy me.

17They surround me like a flood all day long;

they close in upon me together.

18Thou hast caused lover and friend to shun me;

my companions are in darkness.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Featured Resources



The word emet is a common word used to describe God in the Bible. It can be t...


Katherine Hampson - Are We Willing to Be Honest About Our Pain? - Psalm 88

Katherine Hampson - Are We Willing to Be Honest...

Kat Hampson, current student at the South Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell T...

Gordon Conwell

Introduction to Psalms

Introduction to Psalms

Dr. David Taylor introduces the Psalms, songs that engage with the depth and ...

Fuller Studio

How to Have a Better Prayer Life

How to Have a Better Prayer Life

Kyle Strobel claims that “prayer thrives when it’s done honestly” and points ...

The Gospel Coalition

The Book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms

The book of Psalms is the largest collection of poetry in the Bible. In this ...


Tim Keller | Prayer in the Psalms: Discovering How to Pray

Tim Keller | Prayer in the Psalms: Discovering ...

Timothy Keller preaches on the Psalms as the prayerbook of the Bible in this ...

The Gospel Coalition

Overview: Psalms

Overview: Psalms

Watch our overview video on the book of Psalms, which breaks down the literar...


Overview: TaNaK / Old Testament

Overview: TaNaK / Old Testament

Watch our overview video on the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible...


Explore Psalm 88