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Are you distressed? Psalm 77

Read Psalm 77 about distress and hope

Psalm 77 1-10 NASB My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will listen to me. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out and did not grow weary; My soul refused to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, then I am restless; When I sigh, then my spirit feels weak. Selah 4 You have held my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I have considered the days of old, The years of long ago. 6 I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders: 7 Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? 8 Has His favor ceased forever? Has His promise come to an end forever? 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious, Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? Selah 10 Then I said, “It is my grief, That the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

This persons life was filled with trouble. He cries out loud day and night for God to hear him. But he receives no comfort for his soul. As a matter of fact, thinking of God makes him tired. (Psalm 77:1-3)

What grievous trouble do you face or have faced for years? How long have you cried out to God for help and received silence? 

Are you facing trouble in you life

We all know troubles that fill our minds day and night. The thoughts make it hard to focus during the day and rob us of sleep at night. Our hearts and minds become overloaded to the point we no longer know what to say. We sigh and groan instead.

And with the trouble and anxiety comes doubt. Now, the fight of faith becomes real (Psalm 77:4-6).  Why?

Affliction brings our doubts bubbling to the surface in our minds. Has God changed? Will God keep His promises He made for the future? God have you withdrawn Your love, mercy, and grace forever? (Psalm 77:7-9).

But God, there is hope

Take great encouragement from these words of scripture. God knows we are but dust (earthly minded) and His word addresses our doubts and fears over and over. We are only voicing what He already knows. The greatness of our God’s love will withstand the questions. God wants us to cast our fears and cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:6-7). However, we choose to move forward.

Up to this point the picture painted is one of gloom and no hope. But God gives one thought that has the ability to shift our minds from no hope and ourselves to the wonder and magnificence of our God. 

Psalm 77:10 KJV And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. 

His thinking made him sick. He needed relief from the overwhelming pressure of the distress. The rest of the Psalm addresses all the miracles God had done for His people. Now, to think upon God lifts the gloom. The self-pity and loss of hope fade away.

God’s Word brings encouragement

Let God’s word encourage us that our trust and hope can rest securely in God. When the battles rages for our faith do not think it uncommon. Satan wants to kill, steal, and destroy our faith any way he can. The devil is a powerful and yet defeated enemy. 

There are no gods that compares to our God (Psalm 77: 13). The works and miracles of God are done by His strength (Psalm 77:14-15). 

Be encouraged in your day of distress

Psalm 103:8 NASB The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always contend with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our guilty deeds. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us. 

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2 thoughts on “Are you distressed? Psalm 77”

  1. Wonderful word of encouragement LHWM.
    There is a Psalm for every occasion in life, I feel they strengthen faith.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • How interesting you made this comment. We have been reading Psalms since December 2020 and are now on Psalm 83. It fits perfectly with what is going on today. And yes it brings truth of what is really happening and hope that the Lord always provides. Thank you for the comment. God bless you 😌.


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