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Psalm 77

God’s Mighty Deeds Recalled

To the leader: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm.

1

I cry aloud to God,

aloud to God, that he may hear me.

2

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.

3

I think of God, and I moan;

I meditate, and my spirit faints.Selah

 

4

You keep my eyelids from closing;

I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

5

I consider the days of old,

and remember the years of long ago.

6

I commune with my heart in the night;

I meditate and search my spirit:

7

“Will the Lord spurn forever,

and never again be favorable?

8

Has his steadfast love ceased forever?

Are his promises at an end for all time?

9

Has God forgotten to be gracious?

Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”Selah

10

And I say, “It is my grief

that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

 

11

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;

I will remember your wonders of old.

12

I will meditate on all your work,

and muse on your mighty deeds.

13

Your way, O God, is holy.

What god is so great as our God?

14

You are the God who works wonders;

you have displayed your might among the peoples.

15

With your strong arm you redeemed your people,

the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.Selah

 

16

When the waters saw you, O God,

when the waters saw you, they were afraid;

the very deep trembled.

17

The clouds poured out water;

the skies thundered;

your arrows flashed on every side.

18

The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;

your lightnings lit up the world;

the earth trembled and shook.

19

Your way was through the sea,

your path, through the mighty waters;

yet your footprints were unseen.

20

You led your people like a flock

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


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Verses 1–10

Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and his favor and grace. Those that are under trouble of mind, must pray it away. He pored upon the trouble; the methods that should have relieved him did but increase his grief. When he remembered God, it was only the Divine justice and wrath. His spirit was overwhelmed, and sank under the load. But let not the remembrance of the comforts we have lost, make us unthankful for those that are left. Particularly he called to remembrance the comforts with which he supported himself in former sorrows. Here is the language of a sorrowful, deserted soul, walking in darkness; a common case even among those that fear the Lord, Isa 50:10. Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought of God's being angry. God's own people, in a cloudy and dark day, may be tempted to make wrong conclusions about their spiritual state, and that of God's kingdom in the world. But we must not give way to such fears. Let faith answer them from the Scripture. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again; and the recollection of former times of joyful experience often raises a hope, tending to relief. Doubts and fears proceed from the want and weakness of faith. Despondency and distrust under affliction, are too often the infirmities of believers, and, as such, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. When, unbelief is working in us, we must thus suppress its risings.

Verses 11–20

The remembrance of the works of God, will be a powerful remedy against distrust of his promise and goodness; for he is God, and changes not. God's way is in the sanctuary. We are sure that God is holy in all his works. God's ways are like the deep waters, which cannot be fathomed; like the way of a ship, which cannot be tracked. God brought Israel out of Egypt. This was typical of the great redemption to be wrought out in the fulness of time, both by price and power. If we have harboured doubtful thoughts, we should, without delay, turn our minds to meditate on that God, who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, that with him, he might freely give us all things.




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