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Psalm Chapter 77 (KJV)

Psalm Chapter 77  (KJV)

Context

Context

This psalm is a lament. What is a lament? A lament is a prayer that expresses intense grief, sadness, or sorrow. A lament demonstrates the impossible ness of using human strength to solve the problem on hand. The psalmist presents an argument that tells the reader he has nowhere else to turn but to God. But when he turned to God, it seems as if God does not hear his prayers, so he feels angry and is disappointed with God. Normally when the psalmist writes a lament, it ends up praising God and expressing confidence in him. Isn’t that the story of the lives of all Christians? This lament reveals the reason for the shift from suffering to joy. The psalmist looked to God’s great past acts. The book of Exodus tells it all.

My first memory oh, God Verses 4-6

[You see] [my] 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.

The psalmist notates his first response to God, and it makes him feel even worse than it did in the first place. He looked back to his memories of God’s intervention in his life and groaned.  But as he reviewed his experiences, it brought to mind all of the positive things in verses 4-6. See The composer of Psalms 42 – 43.

Verses 7-9

psalms 77 7-9

The psalmist bombards God with a mirage of questions. However, He is not willing to wait for answers. The questions explore God’s faithfulness to his people. The psalmist used words that are connected to God’s covenant. God’s covenant promises that he would be in a relationship with his people. Consequently, the psalmist asks God if he [the psalmist] is going through a period when he feels rejected by God, was that feeling going to last forever? David knew that God promised his people that he would show them a favor, unfailing love, mercy, and compassion, not just for that season, but forever.

So what was the problem now? All of those promises appeared to be missing from the psalmist’s life. So why was God failing to keep his promises to him, David?  David was not impertinent. He knows that God wants his children to be honest with him when they pray.  They need to pray boldly, being that God can grant anything. (See similar questioning in Psalms 6 and 88.

Just look at his mighty acts. Verses 10-11

And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Now the psalmist is turning around his way of thinking. He takes God back to his own great acts in the history of Israel.

Isaiah 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God, And their horses are flesh and not spirit; So the LORD will stretch out His hand, And he who helps will stumble And he who is helped will fall, And all of them will come to an end together.”

Exodus 15:12 “You stretched out Your right hand, The earth swallowed them.

Rather than concentrating and obsessing on his present condition the psalmist resolves to look to the past when God worked his miracles of rescue for his people. This turn to the past concretes on God’s saving acts. 

The greatness of God: Verses 13-15.

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

His turn to the past leads him from lament to praise. God is no longer seen as the source of his trouble. But he is seen as a worker of wonders, who deserves to be recognized as a God above all gods. The remembrance of the past begins to take definite form in verse 15, where he cites a time when God’s people ( the descendants of Jacob and Joseph ) were redeemed by God’s mighty arm. God’s mighty arm refers to his acts of power, and typically his acts of power as a Warrior, to rescue his people (Exod. 13:9). More specifically, this language is reminiscent of the exodus, so it is no surprise that the concluding part of the psalm references that great act of salvation.

His people crossed the Red Sea

psalms 77 13 TO 15

Even nature declared the greatness of  God. Just see below. Nature headed the voice and commands of the Lord. And recognizes God for who he is. See Exodus below.

exodus 13 9

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters and thy footsteps are not known. 20 Thou leadest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Just as God lead Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, he can and will lead our leaders today.  They need to step forward with godly boldness.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for your promises to your children.

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