OUR STUDY OF PSALM 77 CONTINUES …
But with, finally, a “positive” verse of Scripture!
After a litany of sad proclamations. Let me show you what I mean. “I (Asaph, the Psalmist in this case) cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.” Wow, how very honest, telling God all that! I’ve just shared with you Psalm 77:1-10.
Then, believing that “remembering” God, His Great Works, might help the situation … Asaph declares: “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11, where something good obviously happens.
In the first clause of our Verse Asaph is taking ABOUT God. “I will remember the works of the LORD.” But in the second clause he “changes” and begins to talk TO God! “Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.”
Big difference, between ABOUT and TO, powerful but clearly distinguishing prepositions!
“Thy Wonders,” O Lord.
Maybe God’s “works” like creation!
Or Noah’s flood!
Or the Tower at Babel!
But especially, as we shall see, the Exodus!
The Crossing of the Red Sea by hundreds of thousands of Jews … safely escaping (miraculously) the clutches of an advancing Egyptian army!
And God did those mighty things … on behalf of His people!
Both great and small, men and women, boys and girls.
Then … clearly realizing that this God is “knowable,” and “caring,” while still “powerful” as well … Asaph addresses Him. “Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.”
If God can (and did) deliver a whole Nation … maybe that God could also deliver one single man!
He is worthy of consideration, then, of reflection and meditation.
Yes, surely … I will do so, resolves Asaph.
And things “start flowing upward” from there.
“God, Thou hast done some great things!”
“I shall reflect on many of them today!”
IF YOU SEE GOD AS BIG AS HE REALLY IS … YOUR PROBLEM WILL AUTOMATICALLY APPEAR SMALLER … IN COMPARISON TO THAT AWESOME LORD OF YOURS!
“I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11
The little noun “wonders” is “pele” in Hebrew. It means “hard” things to understand. Things that cause one to “marvel.” Extraordinary, surpassing!
Yes, our God can perform such “wonders.” He himself says so. “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3, inviting us to pray! Really, commanding us to do so.
Do YOU Have problems today, friend?
Much like Asaph?
Bring them to Jesus.
He too, you know, has an admirable list of “works” attributed to His Name!
Substitutionary Death on Calvary!
Literal, Bodily Resurrection!
Ascension to Heaven!
And Intercessory Ministry there now … for those who “come to God by Him!” See Hebrews 7:25 for the full sentence.
Plus … His Second Coming!
The Saviour Who has done all THAT … certainly can help you in all THIS which you’re battling!
Talk to Him today.
— Dr. Mike Bagwell