I cried out to God with my voice – to God with my voice; and He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.
You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search. Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?
And I said, “This is my anguish; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You, they were afraid; the depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, and Your footsteps were not known. You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. (To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. Psalm 77)
God Will Not Forget Me
Asaph was a psalmist like Jeremiah was a prophet. There is a lamentation in his writings as he reflects upon the challenges he faced in life and the Lord’s response. He was overwhelmed in some distress and cried out to the Lord. What is clear in his writing is his continued faith in God. That is not an easy thing to do when the whole world is coming down on you. Whatever calamity he suffered was tempered by the knowledge his Lord would never forsake him.
There is a personal relationship Asaph has with God. This psalm speaks of a deeply devoted man enjoying the calming hand of comfort in times of trouble. A striking prose in this psalm is when he speaks of the right hand of the Most High. He remembered that of the Lord. In his own trouble he knew he served a God who was bigger than anything in this world. When he needed help Asaph went to the word of God and remembered the mighty works of old. The deeds of the Lord, the presence of the Lord, the wonders of the Lord, the strength of the Lord, the arm of the Lord – the power of the Lord.
Today is the middle of the week. How is it going? If there are troubles in life remember Psalm 77. When the storms of life rage about us God will calm the storm. Sometimes He will allow the storm to rage and calm the child. We can trust in Him because of His mighty hand and powerful arm. He will not forget us. He will not forsake us. In times of trouble let the word of God calm your spirit. If there is anguish spend time in the Psalms. If you need hope read the gospels about Jesus. When faith begins to waver meditate on the Hebrews. Joy is found in Philippians. Read the books of Genesis and Exodus and witness the power of God. Spend time in the Book. Allow the mind of God to flow in your veins bringing comfort and peace. He has not forgotten you.
Happy is the soul that heareth the Lord speaking within her; and receiveth from His mouth the word of comfort. (Thomas A. Kempis, Imitation of Christ, 1441)