In Psalm 77, the Psalmist is discouraged. He begins by crying aloud to God. His words are a lament. He is distressed and expresses frustration towards the Lord through a series of questions (v. 7-9)
- Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?
- Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
- Are his promises at an end for all time?
- Has God forgotten to be gracious?
- Has he in anger shut up his compassion?
All of us have wrestled with these same questions. Whenever trials come into our lives it is easy to feel like God has abandoned us. Our soul “refuses to be comforted” and our spirit moans.
But, just like the Psalmist, we can find hope in remembering “the deeds of the Lord” and his “wonders of old.” (v.11) Hope returns when we ponder all his works and meditate on all his mighty deeds. (v.12)
The works of God in the past strengthen our hope and faith for the future. Therefore, it is vitally important to always remember what God has done. We must never forget. We must pass on to our children and our grandchildren the stories of God’s faithfulness to us.
The Psalmist does this in Chapter 77 by recalling how God mightily worked to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
The conclusion is simple: The God who led the Israelites out of Egypt is still the same God. He is still faithful to his children.
I encourage you to take a minute and reflect on this question.
What has the Lord done in my life that I need to remember?