God brought me to Psalm 77 this morning and what I found there blew me away. The words I read are literally words I have asked myself in a time of great distress. It was like traveling back in time to some of my hardest moments in my life and in my faith. If you're needing serious encouragement right now, then here and go read Psalm 77. It is only 20 verses and it will take maybe 3 minutes. Then come back here and we’ll keep rolling.
Pretty intense, right? Psalm 77 was not written by David (who wrote most of the Psalms), but Asaph, who was a music minister under David. I honestly don’t know much about him and no one really knows what is the source of his intense pain. Whatever it is, it is causing him great misery. He is so disturbed by his suffering that he can’t sleep and he says that he prays all night long, his “hand stretched out without wearying” and his soul “refuses to be comforted.” All his old methods of comfort like prayer and meditation do not relieve his suffering: “when I meditate, my spirit faints.” He feels God is keeping him awake in his pain (v 4) and then he gets really honest and voices his doubts about whether or not God is going to save him:
“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?” (v 7-9)
I’m going to take a moment to let those words sink into my soul and yours for just a minute longer………..
This is heavy stuff. Have you been there before? Are you there now? Are you asking the same questions?
Will God ever again give me favor?