Psalm 77 (NIV)
(For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.) 1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. 4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. 5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; 6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked: 7 “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? 8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” 10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. 11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” 13 Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? 14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. 15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. 16 The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. 17 The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. 18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. 19 Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. 20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
It would seem the feeling of being all alone in the midst of our worst and most challenging moments is being echoed by the psalmist’s own despair and feelings of isolation in these opening verses. Yet as the psalmist chooses to include God in his journey, his perspective (if not the actual circumstances) begins to change. Facing a crisis is not unique, but how we choose to journey that will set us apart as believers in the most High God. The psalmist’s relationship with God in better times stands him in hope during the challenging times. This is a good reminder that no matter what our feelings, God is faithful and constant in all times. What he has done before tells us what he can do now. Our challenges are not abandonment of God rather a chance to see the greatness of God at work in our lives. I have known this in my life, and I know no matter what season or challenge you are facing God is there with you too.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great love and faithfulness to me. I pray for those who are struggling that they will know your peace. Help me to see you at work in my past as well as my present. I invite you to walk with me today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Written by Christine Knight