Psalm 88 describes someone with a deep faith who is used to going to God every day in prayer.
Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you. (vs. 9)
But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you. (vs. 13)
But there are times when life takes a turn for the worse, when the world becomes gloomy. When the soul becomes downcast and it seems that even God is against you.
O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide my face from me? (vs. 14)
Do you then cry out to God day and night like the Psalmist?
O Lord, God of my salvation;
I cry out day and night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
incline Your ear to my cry!
Even though this Psalm is filled with despair, the psalmist reassures us that God is a listening God who does listen whenever you and I need to be heard most. Moreover, God responds by inclining his ear toward our cries.
God is not only a listening God, but a responding God who acts.
~Robert McAfee Brown
Thanks be to God who listens and responds whenever we cry out.