Perhaps today has just been one of those days… Everything has gone wrong! Everything! You almost feel like it was a mistake to get up… You’re sorry you did, and tomorrow, because of the way things look, doesn’t look any better. You’re battling frustration, disappointment, fear and dread.
It had to be a situation like that (or worse) that caused the ancient believer, Asaph, to pen the following words…
“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me! In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying. I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I consider the days of old, the years long ago. I said, ‘Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart… 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?’ Selah
“Then I said, ‘I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your wonders of old. I will ponder all Your work, and meditate on Your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm have redeemed Your people!’” (from Psalm 77 ESV)
I think Asaph understood what we’ve all experienced and felt at one time or another (or he did a pretty good job of describing what we will go through sometime in the future). It also seems to me his process of dealing with it was pretty effective… 1) Honestly, authentically, getting it off your chest to God! Tell Him how you feel – what you’re going through. 2) And secondly, remember! Remember what you’ve gone through in the past! Remember how you prayed and poured out your heart to God! Remember His faithfulness and help – His sustaining grace and marvelous deliverance.”
Gonna stash Psalm 77 away… I have a feeling I’m going to need it some day! Oh, and by the way, it might be just what one of you need today!