Psalms 77:1-7

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?

Psalms 77:1-7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 77:1-7 In-Context

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?”
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.

Cross References 12

  • 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

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.