“Will the Lord cast off forever?
And will He be favorable no more?
Has His mercy ceased forever?
Has His promise failed forevermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies?
If these questions were posed to us on a theology test, we would all answer “No, no, six times no.” We know that He promises:
Hebrews 13:5 “…For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”
Lamentations 3:22-23 “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning.”
Mark 13:31 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Ephesians 2:7 “. . . that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
His presence, mercy, promises, and grace are eternal. They will never change, wear out, or fail. No matter what our condition, as turbulent as it may seem, the promises of God are sure and steadfast. He will never change. But these questions are not posed as a quiz for the Bible student, but out of the difficulties the Psalmist is facing. We are not privy to the details that caused his condition, but by his own admission, his soul refuses comfort. It is quite common in times like that, to question the promises of God. When the tides of trial swell up against us, and we begin to go downward in sorrow, it can seem as though the promises of God have failed.
The Psalmist does more than state the problem, he also provides the solution.
Psalm 77:11 “I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.”
His trials had robbed him of sleep, but rather than letting worry consume him, he began to recall the mighty works of the Lord. He seems to have called to memory the Red Sea crossing. Thinking back to those who were boxed in, surrounded by mountains, armies, and the waters, it looked as if there was no hope. The promise of a land flowing with milk and honey seemed to be impossible, and the death of a nation imminent. That is, until the Lord showed up and meted out His promise to His people. The Psalmist was not a participant in that event, but since faith comes by hearing the Word of God, his strength was revived by calling to mind the faithfulness of God.
In your trial, don’t be consumed in mind by the storm you are facing, but rather flood your mind with stories of His faithfulness, and watch Him revive your strength as you await His deliverance.
Questions for Psalm 77
- Verses 1-3 tell us the psalmist is crying out to God yet “he remembered God, and was troubled.” Have you ever cried out to the Lord yet felt He was not listening?
- Starting in verse 10, the writer changes his focus. What does he start remembering?
- Sometimes we tend to focus on our woes instead of who God is, keep reading! This is the God that came to deliver you.