The stress of life can bring about doubt in our minds concerning the faithfulness of our Lord to help us through our problems. In Psalms 77 I believe a descendant of Asaph deals with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. In the midst of this national tragedy this Psalm of faith is penned so that all might read, reflect, and be restored in their faith.
The writer doubts the mercy and compassion of God (Psalm 77:9) for the loss and grief of the Jewish Nation, and he struggles with his faith in God as a result. Let me say that God allows us to struggle with Him through the great difficulties of this life and He will strengthen us and keep us through it all IF we do not quit on Him. Men may succeed, fail, or grow tired and God will work through it all to preserve us and grow us up. It is only if we quit on God that we cut ourselves away from the power of God to change us. Never ever quit on God for when we do we lose our clarity of thinking, energy of determination, and desire to serve others. We then are reduced to focusing entirely on ourselves and that will eventually destroy our confidence to live with competence and confidence in this word. What should the Christian do when these feelings begin to encroach into our lives? I think a road map for what to do about doubt and discouragement is found in our devotional text.
(1) We are to cry out to God for help! God is the only source of power, confidence, and comfort that we may access 24/7 to help us overcome.
(2) We are to seek the Lord and not give up until we find Him! God’s presence is always available to us and His love will never let us go so we must keep drawing close to Him.
Always recall to remembrance what God has done for you in this life so that you might be encouraged that His power will again see you through the storm. Life is a struggle and there is nothing to fear about that since it is in the struggle that God transforms us IF we trust in Him to see us through. During the night let us remember God’s songs and inquire of Him for He will point us to His power and the passing of the night’s storm to a glorious morning ahead. The Lord will lead us through the Red Sea obstacles in our lives as He parts the waters and leads us on to the dry land. Always remember that only God is my present help in the troubled waters of life.
Psalm 77:1-2 “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.”
TODAY I CHOOSE TO REMEMBER GOD’S POWER AND PRESENCE IN MY LIFE SO THAT I MIGHT WALK AND FALTER NOT DURING THE STORM. AMEN!
Article by Mike White of Summit church of Christ