A Season of Psalms - Psalm 77:2, 11-14
Psalm 77:2, 11-14
“In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted…I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
What was life like before GPS? On a recent trip to see a friend in Uvalde, I had to make many left and right turns. If it weren’t for Google Maps giving me turn-by-turn directions, I would have been hopelessly lost and late for my appointment. When I need direction to find my way around unfamiliar territory, I turn to Google because I can trust it to help me find my way quickly and directly. When I need direction to navigate the curves and sharp turns of life, I turn to God.
Asaph’s life has been filled with sharp turns and curves. As a minister in the house of God, he was not immune to hardship. He’s seen the wicked living in abundance and prosperity. He’s witnessed their destruction of the temple and their open disdain for the God of Israel. Here in Psalm 77, he cries out again in bitterness of soul but knowing that God will hear his plea. But in his heart-cry, with his soul in anguish, he begins to recall the great deeds of the Lord from ages past. He ponders and meditates on all of God’s mighty acts. He has done great things, Asaph remembers, and if the God who performed such mighty miracles for Moses and Aaron and the Israelites at the Exodus could act in great power so long ago, could he not do so again in Asaph’s distress? Asaph firmly believes in the deliverance of the Lord, and as the psalm picks up steam from verse 10 onward, you can hear the excitement in his voice as he knows exactly what the Lord can do.
In the midst of our present distresses, we can look at what God has done for us in the past and find confidence for the present and hope for the future. He is unchanging: the same yesterday, today, and forever. Remember Psalm 126:3: “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!”
Further Reading: John 3:16-17; Deuteronomy 8
Pray this prayer from Psalm 106:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” This is our prayer, O God, in the precious name of Your Son Jesus, Amen.