Psalms 77

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 [a]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.[b]
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?”
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.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.
20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses 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Verses 1-10 Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him.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 36

  • 1. S 1 Kings 8:52; Psalms 3:4
  • 2. S Genesis 32:7; S 2 Samuel 22:7; S Psalms 118:5; Psalms 50:15; Isaiah 26:9,16
  • 3. Psalms 6:6; Psalms 22:2; Psalms 88:1
  • 4. S Exodus 9:29; S Job 11:13
  • 5. S Genesis 37:35; Matthew 2:18
  • 6. Psalms 78:35
  • 7. Exodus 2:23; S Psalms 6:6; Jeremiah 45:3
  • 8. S Psalms 6:2; Psalms 143:4
  • 9. S Psalms 39:2
  • 10. Deuteronomy 32:7; Psalms 44:1; Psalms 143:5; Ecclesiastes 7:10; Isaiah 51:9
  • 11. S 1 Chronicles 28:9
  • 12. Psalms 85:1; Psalms 102:13; Psalms 106:4
  • 13. S Psalms 6:4; Psalms 90:14
  • 14. 2 Peter 3:9
  • 15. Psalms 25:6; Psalms 40:11; Psalms 51:1
  • 16. Isaiah 49:15
  • 17. S Exodus 15:6; Psalms 31:22
  • 18. S Nehemiah 9:17; Psalms 143:5
  • 19. S Genesis 24:63
  • 20. Psalms 143:5
  • 21. S Exodus 15:11; S Psalms 71:19; Psalms 86:8
  • 22. S Exodus 3:20; S Exodus 34:10
  • 23. S Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 9:29
  • 24. Exodus 14:21,28; Isaiah 50:2; Habakkuk 3:8
  • 25. Psalms 114:4; Habakkuk 3:10
  • 26. S Judges 5:4
  • 27. S Exodus 9:23; S Psalms 29:3
  • 28. S Deuteronomy 32:23
  • 29. S Psalms 55:8
  • 30. S 2 Samuel 22:13
  • 31. S Judges 5:4
  • 32. S Exodus 14:22
  • 33. S Job 9:8; Habakkuk 3:15
  • 34. S Exodus 13:21
  • 35. Psalms 78:52; Isaiah 63:11
  • 36. S Exodus 4:16; S Numbers 33:1

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.
  • [b]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15.

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Psalms 77 Commentaries