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Psalm 77

June 4, 2009

This psalm has four distinct verses or parts. The first verse [vs. 1-3] tells of the psalmist seeking God’s help in time of personal trouble. The second verse [vs. 4-9] tells of the psalmists’ personal thoughts after having cried out to God for help. The third verse [vs. 10-15] tells of the psalmists’ action and the fourth verse [vs. 16-20] details the past actions of God. The first two verses are full of emotion and the last two verses speak of reality.

Verse 1: The psalmist cries out to God for help and longs to be heard. He is groaning and his spirit is spent. His hands are outstretched before God in humility awaiting God to answer his call for help. Eventually he becomes silent before the Lord.

Verse 2: The psalmist can not go to sleep and he begins to think about the past and how God ministered to His people. He begins to wonder and question if God has rejected His people, Israel. He questions if God’s favor, love, promises, mercy, and compassion are no longer available.

Verse 3: The psalmist appeals to God remembering the Lord’s deeds and miracles. He remembers the awesome power of God displayed before Pharaoh and Israel such that they were able to be redeemed out of Egypt.

Verse 4: The psalmist remembers the specifics of Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, how God parted the Red Sea, the storm protecting them from Egypt’s approaching army, and the dry land they walked on through the Red Sea. They were like a flock of sheep led by Moses and Aaron.

This psalm has a familiar theme; crying to God for help and remembering how God has brought forth miracles in the past to answer their cry for help. We need to use this same formula when we become distraught and downcast wondering if God is near or if He even cares. Take you cares before the Lord, remember how God has blessed you and helped you in the past. Remember and even write down the details and specifics so you don’t forget. Then when you are in trouble, recall the specifics and rise up assured that God loves you and will continue to care for you. Thank God for His past blessings, the blessings of the present, and the blessings He is bringing to you in the future.

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