Today's Devotional Thought
May 31, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
He'll Do it Again
Today’s verses are some of my favorites and I found myself reading this chapter of Psalms last night. These verses certainly aren’t the most uplifting verses you’ll find in the Bible. So, why are they some of my favorites, you ask? I like them because of the honest, raw emotions that are shown in them. And, I like how the tone of the chapter changes from these raw emotions to a reflection of God’s faithfulness. I would encourage you to read the entire chapter of Psalm 77. The last part of the chapter changes over to the writer remembering God’s miracles and his faithfulness through difficult times.
As you read this particular chapter in Psalms you will see how the writer changes his focus. He starts out very much focusing on himself and his troubles and honestly sharing them with the Lord. You can see that he doubts if God is even there. His soul refuses to be comforted. And, when you get to verse 13, you can see where he changes his focus and it really becomes about worshipping God and remembering his faithfulness and remembering that He is trustworthy.
I don’t know about you, but often times I get myself worked up over a situation and before I know it, I’ve reached the worse case scenario and I am feeling stressed and upset. But instead of focusing on ourselves and our angst, what should be our response? It should be to turn to the Lord and allow Him to shift our focus from ourselves and our situations to Him. Because friends, he will take care of whatever is going on in our lives.
Many of us have been through times of difficulty and we have felt very much like the author of this Psalm. We lie in bed and our soul refuses to be comforted. We feel like the Lord has forgotten us and maybe that he has rejected us. But, may I remind you that God has been faithful before and He will do it again.
As Christians, we learn to trust the Lord and have faith in Him because of our experiences in our walk with Him. I have seen the Lord move in ways that I honestly can’t explain. He has opened doors out of nowhere and done miraculous things that we quite honestly didn’t even deserve. He has been so faithful in so many big areas of our life and has even displayed his love and care for us in the little things. And, I trust Him with everything I have. I have proof that He loves me and that He wants the best for me; not only because the Bible says it, but because I have experienced it.
But, let me tell you, even though I have experienced God’s faithfulness, I can still have days where I groan like the Psalmist does in the first verses of this chapter. I still have those moments (more recently than I even care to admit, in fact) where I struggle with something that leaves me with outstretched tired hands to the Lord, begging for him to remember me again. And like the Psalmist has done, I have learned to be honest with the Lord about my burdens and then to reflect on God’s faithfulness to strengthen and encourage me through.
I don’t know where you are today in your life. You could be doing fine or you could be struggling with something and feel like God isn’t there. May I suggest that you stop and remember the times that the Lord provided for you and comforted you. Stop and remember the miracles and the faithfulness that you have witnessed in your past.
God is faithful, my friends. You just have to hang in there and cling to Him and continue to pray. He’s done it before. He’ll do it again.