Written by: Tim Wood
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. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. (Psalm 77:10-15 NIV)
Psalm 77 is a psalm of Asaph. He’s writing this Psalm to let us know that we don’t have to live with a troubled mind. We don’t have to live with an unsettled spirit. Asaph talks about his distress and his soul which could not be comforted (v. 2). He was so troubled he couldn’t sleep and had difficulty articulating his feelings (v.3). He was in such a bad place emotionally and spiritually that he thought the LORD had abandoned him. He was questioning the Lord’s love, favor, promises, mercy and compassion (vv. 7-9).
So how did he turn it around? How did he find hope and help? Asaph made a choice, a mental and volitional choice to focus on God’s power and love. Did you notice he says, “I will”. This is a volitional choice. I will remember God’s power. I will meditate on God’s deeds.
Here is a practical way you can turn your feelings into praises to God. Sit down with a pen and paper and start listing God’s attributes. Start writing down how God has been faithful to you. It can be recent faithfulness or way back in your past but remember and write it down. The things that you are writing down are not your feelings; they are facts, they are truth. And the truth will set you free!!
As you write, you will see, like Asaph, “God’s ways are holy ways. There is no god as great as the living God.” Will you make a choice like Asaph? Will you choose to think about God, his love and faithfulness in your life? Will you choose to remember how God has helped you in the past? If you will, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”