I don’t know about you, but when I read psalms I don’t often look at the title of the particular psalm I’m reading. This was no different when I first read psalm 88. When I got to the end of the chapter I had the thought, “Well, that’s depressing!” Usually when a psalm begins dark there’s usually a turning point when there’s a “come to Jesus” time. Not Psalm 88. Starts with the, “For my soul is full of troubles” and ends with, “Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.”
The title of Psalm 88 is, “A Song or Psalm for (of) the Sons of Korah.” Korah was a leader of music in the temple who with two other men lead a revolt against Moses (Numbers 16). The Bible says the punishment for there revolting was that God causes the earth to open up and consume them. Many believe that also meant Koran’s children also perished. They did not though. There were spared because they did not join their father in the rebellion.
Psalm 88 along with 11 other Psalms mention the sons of Korah. This psalm gives us a glimpse into the emotional and spiritual warfare that takes place in a christian’s mind when he is left to decide between doing what is right or following others into doing wrong. Sometimes doing right is lonely, but we ought to do it anyways.
Another Psalm of the Sons of Korah is Psalm 46 which states, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;…God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” Realizing God will protect and guide during those times of difficult decision can help a person make the right decision for God. Choose today to live for God although it maybe a lonely task.