1 I cried out to God for help. I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in trouble, I looked to the Lord. During the night I lifted up my hands in prayer. But I refused to be comforted. 3 God, I remembered you, and I groaned. I thought about you, and I became weak. Selah 4 You kept me from going to sleep. I was so troubled I couldn’t speak. 5 I thought about days gone by. I thought about the years of long ago. 6 I remembered how I used to sing praise to you in the night. I thought about it, and here is what I asked myself. 7 “Will the Lord turn away from us forever? Won’t he ever show us his kindness again? 8 Has his faithful love disappeared forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to show us his favor? Has he held back his tender love because he was angry?” Selah 10 Then I thought, “Here is what I will make my appeal to. For many years the Most High God showed how powerful his right hand is.” 11 Lord, I will remember what you did. Yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12 I will spend time thinking about everything you have done. I will consider all of your mighty acts. 13 God, everything you do is holy. What god is so great as our God? 14 You are the God who does miracles. You show your power among the nations. 15 With your mighty arm you set your people free. You set the children of Jacob and Joseph free. Selah 16 God, the water of the Red Sea saw you. It saw you and boiled up. The deepest waters were stirred up. 17 The clouds poured down rain. The skies rumbled with thunder. Lightning flashed back and forth like arrows. 18 Your thunder was heard in the windstorm. Your lightning lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook. 19 Your path led through the Red Sea. You walked through the mighty waters. But your footprints were not seen. 20 You led your people like a flock. You led them by the hands of Moses and Aaron.
What I see in this Psalm is the writer is struggling to see God at work at all in their life. I love the honesty and the determined seeking of God, even in the grief and distress. It speaks to me of real, biblical tenacity. But what catches my attention most is how the psalmist moves to meditating on the extraordinary works that the Lord has already done.
It would appear to me that when we are in the middle of a crisis of faith, there are two things we must do before God. Be completely honest about our distress, and then tenacious in remembering the mighty things God has already done for us. That builds faith – you can feel the faith build in the Psalm as the psalmist declares the good things God has already done.
Lord, I find it very easy to get stuck meditating on my difficult situation. This Psalm calls me to honestly express my distresses and worries to you…and then boldly and with deep tenacity remember all the good you’ve already done. Help me to form this as my constant practice in Jesus name.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh