The psalmist tells God that, like the dead, he feels he is cut off from God's care.
I am one of the dead,I think the questions are two fold. On one hand, the pray-er asks the Lord what could be accomplished if he or she were indeed no longer alive? It is a sort of bargaining with God--Lord, what good would I do if I were no longer on the earth?
like the murdered who sleep in their tombs,
who lie there forgotten,
cut off from your care.
Is it for the dead that you perform your wonders?Will the ghosts rise up and proclaim you?In the tomb, will they tell of your kindness?Will they tell of your faithfulness in the place of the lost?Will your wonders be known in the darkness,or your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
On the other hand, they might be real questions of faith. What happens after this life is over? Will I be able to praise God from the grave?
Why are these questions asked so much during night prayer? Is it some kind of weird fascination with morbidity?
I think it is because night prayer, or compline, is said right before going to sleep. The dark hours of the night are when the demons we fight often come out and it is sometimes difficult to keep them at bay.
These brutally honest prayers beg God to help us navigate this confusing and sometimes difficult world we face. I think God can handle questions. I think he can handle anger and frustration.
The one line reading that follows this psalm is from the book of Jeremiah.
Lord, you are in our midst, we are called by your name. Do not desert us, O Lord our God!God is there for us.
In the night.
In the dark.
In the confusion
and in the fear.