‘But then I recall all you have done, O Lord ; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.’ Psalms 77:11-12
Tonight as I was listening to worship music and praying over people and situations, this verse popped up in my heart.
This Psalm is a really interesting one to read. The Psalmist is questioning everything:
‘Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? Interlude’ Psalms 77:7-9
How many times have we asked these very same questions? I know I have!
- Does God not even care about me?
- Does He love me?
- Are His promises true for my life?
- Has God forgotten about me? Where is my compassionate God?
WHERE ARE YOU GOD?
I think this verse is so awesome because was see the humanity of the Psalmist. We have all been there at one point or another, regardless of how spiritual or Christian you are, at one point or another you’ve had a question for God. Perhaps you were diagnosed with an illness and don’t understand the why. Maybe you’re experiencing relationship problems and facing divorce. Maybe you have a terrible relationship with your parents or have never felt the love of a mother or father and want to know WHY. I appreciate how real this Psalm is but I love what comes next:
Whenever you see the word “But” in literature, it signifies a change, a turnaround, a change of thought. The Psalmist asks all of these questions but comes to a:
Notice he doesn’t stay in a place of questioning God. He pours out his heart to God and continues on:
But then…I remembered. I remembered everything you have done.
But then…I remembered the great things you did a long time ago and I can’t stop thinking about all of the awesome things You’ve done.
Some of us find ourselves in the questioning part of the Psalm and the scary part is that we stay there and never quite get to the “But then…” I so firmly believe that’s such a strategic ploy of the enemy. If he can get us to stay in a place of questioning God and never coming back to the conclusion that God is awesome and Has done amazing things, he will have succeeded.
So tonight my encouragement to you is this:
Remember all of the things God has done. Recount them all. Write them down. Share them with someone. Praise Him for it. Don’t find yourself in stuck in the doubt and the questioning to the point where you are blinded to all that God HAS done in your life.