Read Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me.

In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;

                in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;

                my soul refuses to be comforted.

I think of God, and I moan; I meditate, and my spirit faints. 

You keep my eyelids from closing; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

I consider the days of old, and remember the years of long ago.

I commune with my heart in the night; I meditate and search my spirit:

                 “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?

                 Has his steadfast love ceased forever?

                Are his promises at an end for all time?

                Has God forgotten to be gracious?

                Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” 

And I say, “It is my grief

                that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;

I will remember your wonders of old.

I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds.

                 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our God?

                 You are the God who works wonders;

                                you have displayed your might among the peoples.

                 With your strong arm you redeemed your people,

                                the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. 

                 When the waters saw you, O God,

                                when the waters saw you, they were afraid;

                                                the very deep trembled.

The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered;

                 your arrows flashed on every side.

The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;

                your lightnings lit up the world;

                                the earth trembled and shook.

Your way was through the sea, your path, through the mighty waters; yet your footprints were unseen.

You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

From     Rev. Daniel Harry, Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Beech Bottom

Do you ever feel abandoned by God? Are there times when you pray desperately, and you just know God isn’t listening? You’re not alone. You’re not the first person to feel this way. Even the Psalmist felt this way. Had God forgotten to be gracious? Had God in anger shut up all tender mercies? What is to be done in a situation like this?  How should we respond? Our first response may be to forsake God. Why should we continue to pray if we are not being answered?

That may be our first response, but it was not the Psalmist’s. What we are given in Psalm 77 is a more appropriate response. Remember! Remember the mighty and wonderful works of God. Would a God who has done such great things ever truly abandon us? No, it is inconceivable. Our God is always there even when we aren’t feeling it.

 

God of all creation, help us to never forget the wonders of your Love.

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