“I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search…And I said, ‘this is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the works of the Lord…I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength to the peoples.”
Psalm 77:6,10-14 NKJV
I think we’ve all walked through seasons marked by pain, anguish, and despair. Some of us more often than we would like to remember. In Psalm 77 we see the Psalmist wrestling in the night, unable to sleep, and crying out, “my soul refused to be comforted…I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed…I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” (verses 2-4) Have you ever felt so troubled you couldn’t even speak?
But he goes on to declare, “I call to remembrance my song in the night…” Even in the midst of his anguish, we see the Psalmist choose to remember and meditate on the works of the Lord–“Who is so great a God as our God?”
There are two important points I think we can draw from Psalm 77. First, notice that the Psalmist doesn’t hide his feelings. He cries out and tells God he’s troubled, inconsolable, and overwhelmed. When faced with suffering, we don’t need to be afraid to pour our hearts out to God and tell Him how we’re feeling. God is a God who daily bears our burdens, we need to allow ourselves the freedom to cry out.
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Additionally, instead of settling for inconsolable, we see the Psalmist rising up and choosing to remember his song and meditate on who God is and who God has been in His life. In my Bible, the title of Psalm 77 reads, “The Consoling Memory of God’s Redemptive Works.” Don’t you love that?!? I pray that when we’re faced with pain, we will remember our song of God’s redemption and power and allow it to bring us comfort and strength!
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”
Are there songs, verses, or memories of God’s power that bring comfort to your heart or hope in despair? Mine changes from time to time, but currently the classic hymn “In Christ Alone” has been a great comfort to me in recent months. My friends Mary Elizabeth and Meade
included it in the funeral for their three week old son Warren back in February. Ever since then, I can’t sing it or even read the lyrics without my eyes filling with tears. The faith and confidence in God’s sovereignty they display by singing it in the midst of their loss blows me away.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
(verses 1 and 2)
My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand…Lord, may I always remember the song of your sovereignty and redemption. Thank you that you are a God who saves. May my spirit continue to hunger and thirst for more of you day after day. When my heart is troubled, I pray I will remember your song.