Psalm 77:1 – I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” (NIV)
Do Christians ever doubt God? Of course they do. Doubting is part of our lives, but as this Psalm shows us, when it comes to God, we can overcome our doubt. We tend to doubt God when we bring God down to our level. Like the psalmist wrote in verse three above, sometimes we ‘remember’ God. This implies that there are times when we aren’t thinking about God. We get busy with our lives, and we forget. We then think that if we have forgotten God, God has probably forgotten us. However, this is bringing God down to our level, thinking that God acts as we act. Thanks be to God that God does not act like us!
Verses ten through twelve of Psalm 77 teach us that when we doubt God’s presence in our lives, we should remember all the things that God has done for us. God has a plan for us, and that plan is sure and certain, it never changes. When we doubt God, we should meditate upon God’s mighty deeds.
Thomas Chisholm had a difficult life for several years. Due to an illness he was confined to a bed for long periods of time. Chisholm recovered, and gave his life to Christ. While on a mission trip, he wrote a poem and sent it to his friend and musician, William Runyan. Runyan found the words so moving that he put it to music. I leave you with the words of his poem, and a great hymn of the faith. Consider these words as our prayer as we meditate upon God’s hand in our lives.
Great is Thy Faithfulness;
Great is Thy Faithfulness.
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy Faithfulness,
Lord unto me.
Posted by Ramón Torres