Today you should read: Psalm 77
Psalm 77 is yet another psalm broken into a number of sections. After every section, you will find the word “Selah”, which simply means an instrumental break or interlude. Interesting fact: my wife Serah’s name was based on a derivative of that word (though Genesis 46:17 also has a Serah mentioned in it too).
In the first section (verses 1-3), Asaph cries to the Lord for help. He “stretches his hands out toward heaven”, which shows a common biblical posture of prayer. It is as if he is literally reaching for help while crying out for help. I often try and practice this as well in my personal prayer time because it is a sign of surrender and submission to the Lord. In other psalms, the lifting of hands often accompanies getting on our knees before the Lord, another appropriate posture of prayer and worship when we consider who the Lord is.
The second section (verses 4-9) describes a place many of us have been before: a lack of rest because of our troubles. When was the last time your circumstances disturbed your sleep? Did you turn to the Lord? Or did you simply try and find all of the ways you would solve the situation? Asaph turned to the Lord, even when He felt like the Lord wasn’t there.
Section three (verses 10-15) is sets perspective for the psalmist and for us. While his circumstances seemed awful, Asaph looked to the past to remember the faithful character of God:
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. Psalm 77:11-12
When we go through difficult times, we must not simply look at the moment of distress as our description of God’s faithfulness. Our human intuition will cause us to blame God and forget how good He has been. Remember how gracious He has been to you.
The final section (through verse 20) is an appeal to God’s power as Creator. If the Lord created the world and everything holds together in Him (John 1, Colossians 1), then He is more than able to speak into our circumstances and bring peace. It’s just like when Jesus told the storm to “be still”. He can utter those words to physical storms and they listen. Do you believe He can speak those same words to the storms of your life? They will listen too.
Church, let’s run to Christ for our peace today. If you need prayer or encouragement today, feel free to leave a comment below. We’re here for you.
Posted by: Todd Thomas