Remember Your Mighty God

Psalm 77 starts with a lament:

1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. 
4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. 
5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; 
6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked: 
7 “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? 
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

It ends recounting the mighty deeds of God.

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. 
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 
12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” 
13 Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? 
14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

However, it is only one event upon which the psalmist focuses–the crossing of the Red Sea (vv. 15-19).  He recalls how the waters feared God and moved away, the thunder roared, the lightening flashed, and the people walked through on dry land. The psalmist did not need a bunch of experiences. He didn’t even need his own experience. The crossing of the Red Sea happened a long time ago but it was a part of his people’s history. It was a story that was passed down from generation to generation. Because they kept the story going, the psalmist could remind himself that the God he served and was there for his foreparents is a MIGHTY GOD. No matter what he faced, he knew that God was able to help him.

As you deal with whatever lack you face in your life (resources, answers, peace, joy, hope, opportunity, relationships, etc.), remember that you serve a MIGHTY GOD. God is so mighty that your life is not big enough to house all of God’s wonders. So don’t forget what God did for your parents, grandparents, friends, and strangers. Their stories can help you survive what you are going through. And don’t forget to tell your story because someone else may need to be reminded of just how MIGHTY GOD is, too.

Raquel S. Lettsome, Ph.D.

"Equipping the saints for ministry"

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