Psalms 77

Comfort in Trouble from Recalling God's Mighty Deeds.

1 My voice rises to God, and I will 1cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.
2 In the 2day of my trouble I sought the Lord; 3In the night my 4hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul 5refused to be comforted.
3 When I remember God, then I am 6disturbed; When I 7sigh, then 8my spirit grows faint. Selah.
4 You have held my eyelids * open; I am so troubled that I 9cannot speak.
5 I have considered the 10days of old, The years of long ago.
6 I will remember my 11song in the night; I 12will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders:
7 Will the Lord 13reject forever? And will He 14never be favorable again?
8 Has His 15lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His 16promise come to an end forever?
9 Has God 17forgotten to be gracious, Or has He in anger withdrawn His 18compassion? Selah.
10 Then I said, "19It is my grief, That the 20right hand of the Most High has changed."
11 I shall remember the 21deeds of the LORD; Surely I will 22remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will 23meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is 24holy; 25What god is great like our God?
14 You are the 26God who works wonders; You have 27made known Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have by Your power 28redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and 29Joseph. Selah.
16 The 30waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled.
17 The 31clouds poured out water; The skies 32gave forth a sound; Your 33arrows flashed here and there.
18 The 34sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The 35lightnings lit up the world; The 36earth trembled and shook.
19 Your 37way was in the sea And Your paths in the mighty waters, And Your footprints may not be known.
20 You 38led Your people like a flock By the hand of 39Moses and Aaron.

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Psalms 77 Commentary

Chapter 77

The psalmist's troubles and temptation. (1-10) He encourages himself by the remembrance of God's help of his people. (11-20)

Verses 1-10 Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and his favor and grace. Those that are under trouble of mind, must pray it away. He pored upon the trouble; the methods that should have relieved him did but increase his grief. When he remembered God, it was only the Divine justice and wrath. His spirit was overwhelmed, and sank under the load. But let not the remembrance of the comforts we have lost, make us unthankful for those that are left. Particularly he called to remembrance the comforts with which he supported himself in former sorrows. Here is the language of a sorrowful, deserted soul, walking in darkness; a common case even among those that fear the Lord, ( Isaiah 50:10 ) . Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought of God's being angry. God's own people, in a cloudy and dark day, may be tempted to make wrong conclusions about their spiritual state, and that of God's kingdom in the world. But we must not give way to such fears. Let faith answer them from the Scripture. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again; and the recollection of former times of joyful experience often raises a hope, tending to relief. Doubts and fears proceed from the want and weakness of faith. Despondency and distrust under affliction, are too often the infirmities of believers, and, as such, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. When, unbelief is working in us, we must thus suppress its risings.

Verses 11-20 The remembrance of the works of God, will be a powerful remedy against distrust of his promise and goodness; for he is God, and changes not. God's way is in the sanctuary. We are sure that God is holy in all his works. God's ways are like the deep waters, which cannot be fathomed; like the way of a ship, which cannot be tracked. God brought Israel out of Egypt. This was typical of the great redemption to be wrought out in the fulness of time, both by price and power. If we have harboured doubtful thoughts, we should, without delay, turn our minds to meditate on that God, who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, that with him, he might freely give us all things.

Cross References 39

  • 1. Psalms 3:4; Psalms 142:1
  • 2. Psalms 50:15; Psalms 86:7
  • 3. Psalms 63:6; Isaiah 26:9
  • 4. Job 11:13; Psalms 88:9
  • 5. Genesis 37:35
  • 6. Psalms 42:5, 11; Psalms 43:5
  • 7. Psalms 55:2; Psalms 142:2
  • 8. Psalms 61:2; Psalms 143:4
  • 9. Psalms 39:9
  • 10. Deuteronomy 32:7; Psalms 44:1; Psalms 143:5; Isaiah 51:9
  • 11. Psalms 42:8
  • 12. Psalms 4:4
  • 13. Psalms 44:9
  • 14. Psalms 85:1, 5
  • 15. Psalms 89:49
  • 16. 2 Peter 3:9
  • 17. Isaiah 49:15
  • 18. Psalms 25:6; Psalms 40:11; Psalms 51:1
  • 19. Psalms 31:22; Psalms 73:14
  • 20. Psalms 44:2, 3
  • 21. Psalms 105:5; Psalms 143:5
  • 22. Psalms 105:5; Psalms 143:5
  • 23. Psalms 145:5
  • 24. Psalms 63:2; Psalms 73:17
  • 25. Exodus 15:11; Psalms 71:19; Psalms 86:8
  • 26. Psalms 72:18
  • 27. Psalms 106:8
  • 28. Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 9:29; Psalms 74:2; Psalms 78:42
  • 29. Psalms 80:1
  • 30. Exodus 14:21; Psalms 114:3; Habakkuk 3:8, 10
  • 31. Judges 5:4
  • 32. Psalms 68:33
  • 33. Psalms 18:14
  • 34. Psalms 18:13; Psalms 104:7
  • 35. Psalms 97:4
  • 36. Judges 5:4; Psalms 18:7
  • 37. Isaiah 51:10; Habakkuk 3:15
  • 38. Exodus 13:21; Exodus 14:19; Psalms 78:52; Psalms 80:1; Isaiah 63:11-13
  • 39. Exodus 6:26; Psalms 105:26

Footnotes 10

  • [a]. Lit "and did not grow numb"
  • [b]. "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
  • [c]. Lit "searched"
  • [d]. Lit "word"
  • [e]. Lit "from generation to generation"
  • [f]. Lit "shut up"
  • [g]. Or "infirmity, the years of the right hand of the Most High"
  • [h]. Heb YAH
  • [i]. Lit "arm"
  • [j]. Lit "went"

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Psalms 77 Commentaries