Out of the dark­ness

READ: PSALM 77:1-15 I cried out to God… What god is as great as our God? vv. 1, 13

Manila Bulletin - - Editorial -

IDON’T know what des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion gripped As­aph, the writer of Psalm 77, but I’ve heard, and made, sim­i­lar laments. Over the past dozen years since I lost my daugh­ter, many oth­ers who have ex­pe­ri­enced the loss of a loved one have shared with me heart­break­ing sen­ti­ments like these:

Cry­ing out to God (v. 11). Stretch­ing empty arms heav­en­ward (v. 2). Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing trou­bling thoughts about God be­cause of hor­ri­ble cir­cum­stances (v. 3). En­dur­ing un­speak­able trou­ble (v. 4). Cow­er­ing un­der the feel­ing of be­ing cast aside (v. 7). Fear­ing failed prom­ises (v. 8). Fear­ing a lack of mercy (v. 8).

But a turn­around oc­curs for As­aph in verse 10 through a rec­ol­lec­tion of God’s great works. Thoughts turn to God’s love. To me­mories of what He has done. To His mar­velous deeds of old. To the com­fort of God’s faith­ful­ness and mercy. To re­minders of God’s won­ders and great­ness. To His strength and re­demp­tion.

De­s­pair is real in this life, and an­swers do not come eas­ily. Yet in the dark­ness – as we re­mem­ber God’s glory, majesty, power, and love – our de­s­pair can slowly sub­side. Like As­aph, we can re­hearse God’s acts, es­pe­cially the sal­va­tion He brought through Je­sus, and we can re­turn to where we once were – rest­ing grate­fully in His mighty love. – Dave bra­non

Lord, we can­not fathom the depth of Your char­ac­ter or the wis­dom of Your ac­tions when trou­ble vis­its us.

Help us to inch our way back into Your arms through a re­hearsal of Your good­ness and a rec­ol­lec­tion of Your glo­ri­ous love.

Re­mem­ber­ing the past can bring hope to the present.

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