Read it! Psalm 77
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
Think it through
This morning, I lost one of my kids again.
If you have kids, you know this feeling. You call out a name, but the only sound you hear is the hum of the refrigerator. You start walking from room to room, still calling for them, then you’re jogging, checking out closets and the basement. The house feels empty; your heart fills fear.
By the time I found my daughter (she had quietly gone out to the car to await our departure—15 minutes before our departure time), I was in a terrible state. My concern had risen past the point of anxiety and was on its way to panic. Thoughts like, OK, she was just here, and, They always turn up somewhere, right? mixed in with my breath prayer, Lord, Lord.
In Psalm 77, the psalmist begins in a terrible state. He’s groaning, faint, too troubled to speak. He feels abandoned by God.
Then, in verse 10, he says something wonderful:
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.”
He decides to remember. He goes on to remember how great God is. He remembers specific, mighty things the Lord has done.
Perhaps he even remembers the things the Lord has done for him, things too complicated and personal to share in a Psalm. I have no way of knowing, but I know those types of blessings are some of the first things on my mind when I think of the mighty things the Lord has done!
The thoughts that swirled around my head this morning as I searched for my daughter were good ones. They were grounding truths and lifted prayers. But Psalm 77 inspires me to remember more, particularly when my struggle is lasting more than mere moments.
I will remember that God is great.
I will remember that the God who parted the sea can more than handle my problem.
I will remember what He’s done for me, those miraculous moments that are mine and His alone.
Live it like you mean it
Do you have an arsenal of things to remember when you find yourself in a terrible state?
Whether your spiritual clutter comes from anxiety, depression, or a bad circumstance, you can decide to remember. The challenge for this week is to make a prayerful written list of things to remember when you’re struggling. Some ideas might be:
- A list of God’s attributes that make you feel loved and protected
- A list of God’s miracles that strike awe and wonder in your heart
- A list of “God Moments” where you’ve felt His presence or His power personally
Make your list(s) and keep them somewhere close by, perhaps in the nightstand by your bed. And remember.
Lift it up
Dear God, in times of trouble, I will remember who You are and what You have done. I will remember Your holiness and mighty arm. I will remember Your deeds and miracles. I will remember what you have done for me and how you’ve shown me Your loving nature in the past, and I will cling to You. Amen.
Tell Me About It
I would love to hear about some of the things on your list—let’s inspire each other to remember!
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