“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me.
I sought the Lord in my day of trouble.
My hands were continually lifted up all night long;
I refused to be comforted.
I think of God; I groan;
I meditate, my spirit becomes weak.” -Psalms 77:1-3
In times of crisis, it can be very easy to forget the good that God has done for us. A situation can be so chronic and unexpected to the point that it seems as if a fog has settled in our lives and we cannot see beyond what is happening ahead of us. Our vision is blurred and cannot see past the immediate. In those moments, it’s human nature to feel overwhelmed and even weak. In Psalm 77, a psalm written by Asaph, a loud cry of desperation is heard. Overwhelmed by a crisis, in deep need of rescue, the psalmist cries out to God with a contrite heart and broken spirit. His crisis has reached a new high that the psalmist can no longer endure so much that “[his] spirit becomes weak” (verse 3) and he begins to lose all hope.
Yet, in the midst of his crisis, Asaph has come to a place of understanding and wisdom. He knows and acknowledges that only God can comfort Him and attend to his wounds. And so, he seeks the Lord in his day of trouble. His song of lamentation turns into a song of remembrance.
As we read the first ten verses of this psalm, the singer cries out his lamentation and complains over God’s lack of intervention as well as lack of favor. However, it does not take long for the psalmist to remember who God is and the wonderful things He has done in the past. As such, Asaph recalls the holiness of God and the many miracles, which can only be credited to the Almighty. The former pictures nature bowing low before God as the waters trembled, the earth quaked, and the depths of the sea shook in complete fear and admiration of the Creator. Who is like God? Indeed, there is none like Him.
When times of crisis arise, remembering who God is and what He is capable of can invigorate us, and strengthen us in our weakness. It brings us hope in the most hopeless situations. This is when remembering the past is extremely beneficial.
Everything that God does at this moment and the victories He wins for us today are meant to be a source of strength and comfort for us for tomorrow. As we meditate on His past faithfulness and His divine character, we can rest assured and trust that our unchanging God hears our cries for help and will intervene. This is the confidence that we can have in God. Truly, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is also the God of [insert your name here]. And as long as this true, we can trust in God to see us through. Be confident of this promise because this same God will never leave you nor forsake you. Just as Jesus had compassion on all He met on his way, the Father has compassion on you.
Father God, you are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob but thanks to Jesus I can call you my God. I don’t know what tomorrow holds and I don’t know what your plans are to see me through today but I know you have good plans for me, plans for peace and plans to prosper me. Father, when I am afraid, please help me to rest in your love where there is no fear because your perfect love casts out all fear. When I am weak, I need you to be strong and be my mighty fortress where I can rest in complete security. Lord, thank you for being faithful to me today as you have been in the past. Thank you for your compassion for I know that you understand all I am going through and how much I truly need you, in Jesus’ name.