Psalm 77: 1-2, “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.”
Jesus said, “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). We are all familiar with trouble. As a matter of fact, we are not only familiar with it, but have experienced it first-hand, wallowed in it, suffered through it. Jesus was right. He said we would have trouble; He didn’t say you “may” have trouble. It is a certainty that at some point we will be up close and personal with trouble. It may be of our own hand, the hand of another or just a product of this fallen world.
There are times when we cry out to God in the midst of our pain and want Him to “do” something or “say” something but the answer may not be what we want to hear or the answer we think it should be. And even though we are crying out to the LORD with our hands outstretched to Him…yet we are refusing to be comforted, or refuse what it is that He offers to us in that time. Our “soul(s) refused to be comforted.”
Psalm 77: 7-9,
“Will the Lord reject me forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Questions abound in our hearts and minds. Where are You? Why me? Why now? Yet…our “soul(s) refused to be comforted.” Our Psalmist came to the place in the midst of his pain that he remembered the LORD (all caps, YAHWEH). The great “I AM”, the ultimate Sovereign One.
Psalm 77:11-12 “ I will remember the deeds of the LORD, yes I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” Verse 14 “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”
How good it is when we remember. When we get out of the place where we look for the answer that we want, what we think is best, what we want in our own timing. When we remember Who we are crying out to. The Great I AM. He is maker of heaven and earth and all that is in it… including you and me. When we remember and surrender to our Sovereign LORD and allow ourselves to be comforted. In the midst of your trouble you are not alone. Look to Him, remember Him, surrender to Him…and BE comforted.
MaryAnn and John Kiernan have been married for 43 years, have 2 grown/married sons and are the proud grandparents of four grandsons and two granddaughters! She serves at America’s Keswick as a Biblical Counselor and also as Intake Coordinator for the Colony of Mercy. Her life verse is Romans 8:28.