Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Crying Out to God

Psalm 77
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 I would not be comforted.

Sound familiar?  One of those long nights when sleep just would not come, the problems of life seemed to be closing in on you, and worse than that, it appeared God was not listening.  Notice a progression of  despair for the psalmist, then the change in his attitude of meditation. 

I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
You kept my eyes from closing;
    I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days,
    the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
“Will the Lord reject forever?
    Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
    Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

Again, sound familiar?  When the answers appear to be delayed we are quick to accuse God.  Is he rejecting us?  Has he held back his favor?  Maybe he doesn't love me anymore.  Or could this be a failure of him to keep his promises?  We run the list of reasons, and notice how we blame God. 

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.”

Finally, the one praying remembers how powerful, how faithful, and how wonderful God has been since the beginning.  His attitude switches from one of accusation to one of surrender and see the mighty results in the next verse:

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?

Our God is an awesome God!


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