Daily Devotional: Psalms 77:1-9
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 my soul refused to be comforted. 3 I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused, and my spirit grew faint. Selah 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 mused and my spirit inquired: 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?" Selah
2 Cor 1:8-10
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
The psalmist asks the questions that we have asked ourselves or at least we have thought them without saying it out loud. Where is God when I need him? Why does he not answer me in my distress? If God really cares and loves me, why did he allow ________ to happen to me, my child or my loved one? Why? Why?
Think about Moses. He decided to side with his native Hebrews instead of being a part of the family of Pharaoh and killed the Egyptian. In his mind and with his training as a leader, he could deliver his people from their bondage. But then he had to flee for his life. How many times did he ask these same questions over the next forty years as he went from Prince of Egypt to shepherd on the hillside?
At no time had God not seen or not noticed, he was just getting Moses ready to do the work he had in mind. When Moses was ready, and the time was right God appeared and carried out his plan to deliver his people from their oppression.
No matter what we face in life, God has not deserted anyone who trusts him. He is aware of our problems, he cares and he will deliver us. Maybe these things are happening to us so that we might learn not to rely on ourselves but on God.
Lord God in heaven, I am so thankful that you see my every need. I know you care about me and each problem I face. When I ask you to use me to do your will, help me understand that I must be made ready and wait on your timing. Forgive me when I doubt and when I get anxious. There are more things in more ways than I can count that you have done for me in my life and I give you thanks and praise for every one of them. You are my God and Father. I pray in Jesus name.