For PsalmChallenge, hosted by Robert Geiss in Athens, here is the dark Psalm 88.
1. A song. A psalm of the Korachites. For the leader. On mahalat le’annot. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.
2. O LORD, God of my deliverance, daily I cry out at night in front of You.
3. Let my prayer come before Your face; incline Your ear to my cry.
4. For my soul is sated with evils; my life has arrived at the brink of Sheol.
5. I am reckoned with those who go down into the Pit; I am become like a man without strength,
6. loosed among the dead, like slain corpses lying in the grave whom You remember no more, for they are cut off from Your hand.
7. You make me be at the bottom of the Pit, in utter darkness, in the depths.
8. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and so all Your waves; You cause affliction. Selah.
9. You have distanced from me my companions; You make me an utter abhorrence to them; I am imprisoned, unable to get out.
10. My eyes throb from affliction; I call to You, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to You.
12 Will Your steadfast love be recounted in the grave, Your faithfulness in Perdition?
13. Will Your wonders be made known in the Dark, Your righteous beneficence in the land of oblivion?
14. As for me, to You, O LORD, I cry out, and in the morning my prayer greets You.
15. Why, O LORD, do You rebuff my soul, do You hide Your face from me?
16. Afflicted and dying from my youth, I suffer Your terrors wherever I turn.
17. Your fury overwhelms me; Your dread assaults destroy me.
18. They swirl around me like waters all day long; they encircle me totally.
19. You have distanced from me loving friend and neighbor, my companions. Darkness.
Translation by Rabbi Benjamin Segal. It is well worth reading his explanations, especially for this unusually dark psalm.
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UPDATE: See how Orthodox Christians made the blessing of the waters for the Feast of Theophany, not at the Jordan, but on a frozen lake in Minnesota! Great photos at Leif's blog.