Your email address will not be published. Psalm 77:4-6 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. This is why we must praise and pray and meditate: so that we might be drawn more deeply into God, into God’s purposes and promises, God’s plans and priorities, God’s power, peace and provision. . “To the Choirmaster: According to Jeduthun. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’. A Bible Devotion from Psalm 77 Great is Thy Faithfulness. I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night. CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Hardcover), by Lloyd Stilley on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM. Revelation 7:9-10, 13-17 Psalm 77:19-20 In the midst of his distress and without denying the reality and pain of his circumstances, he turns his attention toward God, towards God’s faithfulness, towards God’s goodness, towards God’s power. "Whenever you feel yourself starting to go downhill, put a ballpoint pen in your pocket, go to a restaurant, get a soda, and pull out a napkin. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. He redeems the descendants of Jacob—including the psalmist! What god is so great as our God? In fact, the Bible promises that "the LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." For Jeduthun. . Psalm 77. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. Worship moved him from a self-imploded funk to a God-enthralled declaration of faith! Oh how you need to regain perspective! You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron." That's when it's important to call a mental time-out and take a long look in the rearview mirror at God's past blessings. ... We can not only point to these in the Scripture testimony of patriarchs, kings, prophets, and apostles, but also to the usages of enlightened governments, to the kings, nobles, warriors, and statesmen. Send an SOS to God. He was faced with the arduous task of being the leader and general answer man for over a million Hebrew people, as well as the administrator of God's Law - a role to which he was assigned by God, but one made more complicated by the tendency of the Israelites to gripe, doubt God, and attack Moses. I. We'd love to hear from you. In v. 3, he describes this further: I think of God; I groan--and the word groan can mean everything from a quiet noise to a raging explosion. Commentary on Psalm 77:1-10 (Read Psalm 77:1-10) Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. . Has his promise failed for all time? [77:3]. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. He is still musing and meditating, but the direction of his meditation is different. The brain is busy, the mind consumed. Some here know the private battle of a weary sadness that can take on many forms and show itself in many ways. In my day of trouble I sought the Lord. All of our hearts have felt it. come to an end without hope . When gloom closes in and all that once drove our life fades, we tend to want to pull the blanket over our head and bail out on God and everybody else.But Asaph willed himself to come to worship. Psalm 77:7-9                                                              (NIV). They had no hope, no escape, no resources, no future. Psalm 77:12 (KJV) 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. The very thought of God is painful. 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Psalm 77 is a intensely helpful passage when you're in the pit. What adds to the burden of the depressed and despondent is the common and misguided notion that good Christians don't get depressed. . This doesn't sound like the downcast Asaph we started with, does it? Instead, he got honest with God. I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions. (Quoted by Chip Ingram, I Am Always With You, p. Kathryn Greene-McCreight, in her book Darkness is My Only Companion describes her tortured journey through ten years of extreme depression and bipolar disorder and how gathering with God's church helped her. " Here the psalmist is recounting his story: urgent, persistent, prolonged prayer, and yet the prayer seems to go unanswered. For him, the apparent gap between what he believed and what he felt was painful. The writer was in very deep trouble. Has God forgotten to be gracious? I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. and suffering, and at times even depression and despair. Sometimes you literally cannot make it on your own, and you need to borrow from the faith of those around you. He is the great shepherd of the sheep who will shepherd us all the days of this life and into all eternity. In Psalm 77, he shares with us his experience of returning from one of these dry seasons in his life. His way is often hidden from us, and when we cannot see the path we must trust the shepherd. Down in v. 16-18, he throws down the gauntlet against the false Canaanite gods of the sea, the thunder and the storm. Will you resist spiritual depression and go forward? Notice the amount of energy turned inward – how the focus is only upon himself. God let the bad thing happen, and did not give help. Obviously he is recalling previous blessings. He has the supernatural ability to do all that is necessary to fulfill His promises, and He loves me enough to come after me. 1:12). 1-10) and a hymn (vss. You know it to be true: when troubles crowd in and just getting up in the morning seems like a chore, where does your mind lean? That God would be faithful to him too? When you review the great names and personalities of the Scriptures, you become aware very quickly that almost all of them knew, at one time or another, great discouragement and deep depression. Down in v. 7-9, Asaph fills in some of the content of his prayers: "Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor? Has His faithful love ceased forever? . Great piece may God keep you rooted and grounded in him to bear much fruit. During dark circumstances it is very hard to hold onto the hope of a brighter day. Your trusted source of Christian resources since 1891, Sermon: When You are Troubled and Depressed - Psalm 77. Don't be ashamed to admit your inner turmoil, thinking that voicing your questions will offend God. In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he … List the top ten answers to prayer in your life. The psalmist has fallen into a pit of despair, distress and depression. But more than that, he is meditating on the Scriptures, the Bible, the Word of God. Psalm 77:4-6 In v. 11, he writes, I will remember the LORD'S works; yes, I will remember Your ancient wonders. Keep the nose up or you’ll crash and burn! He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Story of Psalm 77. Psalm 77:10. Psalm 77 is such a psalm. Let me outline a few steps that give us a pattern we can follow to regain emotional equilibrium when life gets you down. As he surveys all this evidence he comes to a conclusion: Psalm 77:10 (NASB) Many years ago I was living in Geraldton and one weekend had to get down to Perth. Has His promise failed forevermore? In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: My sore ran in the night, and ceased not : my soul refused to be comforted. The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; lightning lit up the world. The tide has gone out; life is empty, emotions are flat and days are endless. See our holiday shipping schedule to receive your gifts on time. Moja ręka w nocy niestrudzenie się wyciąga, moja dusza odmawia przyjęcia pociechy. . . We, too, have a shepherd – Jesus is the good shepherd who gave his life for the sheep. Keep your attitude up! Find answers to some of the more asked questions. This is not simply one bad circumstance that caused this sorrow: his whole life has been defined by anguish. In Psalm 77 Asaph is in crisis again and we will read about how he deals with the situation. (2) Psalms 77:4-9 tell how his remembrance of a brighter past suggests that perhaps God has now cast off his people forever. These truths can help you find new strength and vitality. A psalm. A friend flew up to Geraldton, picked me up in a light aircraft to fly me back to Perth. And we find no indication that God is put off by that kind of unvarnished truthfulness. Asaph felt like he was in a dark tunnel, only there is no light at the end. Right away we hear the hopelessness. Easier said than done, especially for an introvert! He was a member of God’s people. When you review the great names and personalities of the Scriptures, you become aware very quickly that almost all of them knew, at one time or another, great discouragement and deep depression. Or sometimes it comes off as a pep talk: "Come on, get up and get moving! Really honest! What an important step when you feel locked down by depression! My friend, let the wisdom of one in the hard fellowship of the depression come to you. PSALM 77:10 THE TRUE FOCUS. Psalm 77 (Psalms 77:16-20 RSV) This psalm opened with a cry of doubt and despair. . The waters saw You; they trembled. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 77 Sermons. I cry aloud to God, aloud to God. Psalm 77: The psalm is the voice of an individual, but since he speaks on behalf of the nation, the psalm may best be called a national lament psalm. Even the depths shook. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. He longs for days gone by when life was a praise and God seemed so close. The end of the psalm tells us that God gave help in the past. 110.). Please see below for details. There are deeply helpful benefits to gathering with God's people. He has no trouble altering the natural order of things if necessary to deliver you. This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. But of course, real life has its downs as well as its ups…, Psalm 77:1-3 110.) One of the dials I had to keep an eye on was the attitude meter – which measures the orientation of the aircraft in relation to the horizon. The great change of mood in this psalm comes when the psalmist begins to remember, to meditate and consider the works and goodness and power of God. (Job 7:6, 7), Moses is described as the meekest man on earth (Numbers 12:3) and rises as one of the greatest examples of an ordinary man who, submitted to God, became one of the greatest of all of the Old Testament characters. He really wants to hear from you, straight up. My hands were lifted up all night long; I refused to be comforted. Job is singled as a man of God, blameless and upright, whose staggering losses and long and painful illness brought him low: "My days . We do not know who wrote Psalm 77. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Our life tends in the direction of our dominant thoughts. From his experience we can derive principles that will help us in depressing times. Now, it seems that God has rejected him; his unfailing love has failed; his limitless compassion has exhausted itself and found its limit; his promise has fallen to the ground, empty and broken. Notice how much mental energy is going into this. To be human is to feel that numbing, exhausting, de-motivating fog of depression. Browse Sermons on Psalm 77:16. His heart was wrung with anguish, but the cry which was the weakness of the flesh was, by divine grace, turned upward, and so became the strength of his grace. David, in his efforts to hide sin, made journal entries that speak of the total loss of strength, the ebbing away of all that is worthwhile in life, and groaning all day long (Ps. Psalm 77:3 I remembered You, O God, and I groaned; I mused and my spirit grew faint. Call out to the Lord . He's waiting to hear from you. 34:18) Pour out your heart, loud or soft. Write down what God has done for you. I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night. . A Bible devotion from Psalm 77, Great is Thy Faithfulness, from Psalms Devotions 2. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey employs Psalm 77 as the key to an appropriate response to God in our times of trouble. 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