This month we are continuing a series on Transitions. If you missed the initial post, feel free to catch up here, and join us in our conversation!
I’d love for you to take a moment and pause. I want you to grab your Bible, or open a new tab on your broswer, and read through Psalm 77—a couple times. I’d love to encourage you to create some space to soak in the Lord’s word, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
While I’m not sure where you’re at, as we began our conversation a couple weeks back, my guess is you are in the middle of something. Maybe you’re working on your back-to-school list, preparing to head off to college in a couple weeks. Maybe you’re settling into a new house with new roommates, moving to a new city, or starting a new job—the scenarios really are endless. By resting in Psalm 77 today, I invite you to take a deep breath with me, and fix your gaze on Jesus again.
In this community lament of the people of God in Psalm 77, I so often feel these words are directly from my own heart. I find myself returning to this Psalm again and again, not only because I frequently find myself relating to the people but because the proclamation of God’s trustworthy steadfastness is the reminder my soul so often needs.
In the initial nine verses, we experience the communal cry. We read earnest prayers from anxiety-ridden hearts and get a glimpse of the questions they are wrestling through:
“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”
These questions feel so real and raw to me, and—honestly—weigh heavily on my heart too. While I know who my God is, how deeply and completely I am loved, cherished and redeemed by my sovereign, loving God, some days, the overwhelming fog of not knowing what’s next crowds out the truth. Sometimes those days turn into weeks, which eventually lead to doubting the Lord’s faithfulness and trustworthy character. But friends, that is not the path our God wants us to walk. Verse ten stops me in my tracks, and acts as a lighthouse leading me out:
“Then I said, ‘I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
Ps. 77: 10
Stop. Re-direct your attention. Lift up your eyes and see! The Lord your God is mighty and He has not abandoned you or chosen to stop using you for His purpose and glory. The following verses are such a powerful, glorious call to action and reminder of who God is:
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all Your work, and meditate on Your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your might among the peoples. You with Your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.”
Ps. 77: 11-15
When I read through these verses, my spirit cheers: This is my God! This is our God! God can handle the cries of my heart, and He wants to carry them for me—and more than that, He wants to give me an answer! It can be so easy to forget that God has been steadfast, God has been trustworthy, and God will continue to be both steadfast and trustworthy because it is true of His character. If God has abounded in steadfast love, He will continue to abound in steadfast love. If God has been gracious, He will continue to be gracious because it’s who He is. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and will continue to be the one Rock on which we can fully place our hope.
“Your way was through the sea, Your path through the great waters; yet Your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
You might not know what God is working out for your good and His glory right now. But if you flip back through the pages of your journal, or maybe the notes in the margins of your Bible, I think you will be reminded of His faithfulness. God has given us a beautiful gift in His Word—a redemptive narrative we get to be a part of. If you can't see His faithfulness right now, look at the lives of Abraham, Hannah, Joseph, or Moses. Meditate upon and ponder His mighty deeds—the way so many in the Bible moved forward in faith and trust, knowing that God's promises to them were true. God is faithful, He is trustworthy, and He is leading you right now. We just need to fix our eyes upon Him.