Too Troubled for Words
“I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.” Psalm 77:3
Whenever we experience sudden and severe affliction, we usually experience short-term memory loss. We forget God’s goodness, and all the blessings we may have taken for granted during better times. Gone are the songs, the laughter, and even the joy. We allow the current time of testing to dominate our thoughts and occupy our thinking.
This reaction is understandable. The writer of Psalm 77 opens his heart and lays bare his troubled soul. He recalls better days and wonders if God will ever come through for him again (see verses 7-9). In fact, he is “was too troubled to speak” (verse 4). Not only does God understand this condition, but knows that sometimes our very prayers can resemble “groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26). When we are at wit’s end, we often collapse unable to even speak. God understands all this, but doesn’t want to leave us there.
The writer goes on to “remember the deeds of the Lord,” recalling how God intervened in times past. He thinks of God’s “miracles” and “power” (verse 14), and “mighty arm” (verse 15). He encourages himself with thoughts of God’s former “deeds” (verse 11) and “works” (verse 12). As we near the end of the Psalm, we sense a note of hope and eventual triumph. Even though the children of Israel experienced severe affliction, God led them “like a flock” (verse 20).
1. Don’t let memories of better times sadden you; use them to inspire you to greater faith. God came through for you before; He will no doubt do it again in His own time. Trust in His timetable and wisdom. He will come through for you in His perfect time.
2. Do not become so troubled that you slip into despair. Yes at times the writer became so troubled he couldn’t speak, but we get the idea he was praying. He never gave up and surrendered to his depression. The very God who split the Red Sea can work for you.
3. In your distress, seek the Lord. We learn this from the first two verses. He “cried out to God” (verse 1) and “sought the Lord” (verse 2). That’s what we need to do. Take your troubles to God (1 Peter 5:7). Do this for two reasons: He cares for you and He can actually do something to help. However weak you feel yourself to be, seek God earnestly.
Posted on Fri, May 22, 2015
by Sam Petitfils