I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 3I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. 4You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. 5I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; 6I 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? 8Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
10Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. 11I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
13Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? 14You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. 15With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. 16The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. 17The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. 18Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. 19Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. 20You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. (Psalm 77)
Psalm 77 paints a beautiful picture of how the perspective of the psalmists changes as he reflects on glorious things about god. Please read the Psalm carefully and pay attention to the change in tone from the start of the Psalm to the end of the Psalm. Please also note the pivotal thoughts the Psalmist highlights in verses 10 – 12.
Are you spending enough time in God’s word to see His glory in a way that shapes your perspective even with regards to challenging circumstances?