Changing our focus and coming out of our despair

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Psalm 77

1     I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice;

And He gave ear to me.

2     In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;

My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing;

My soul refused to be comforted.

3     I remembered God, and was troubled;

I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.

10   And I said, “This is my anguish;

But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

11   I will remember the works of the Lord;

Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

12   I will also meditate on all Your work,

And talk of Your deeds.

In this Psalm, and it is worth your reading, the Psalmist, Asaph, begins in a great turmoil of his spirit and his life. He sought the Lord and nothing changed; he was still in misery.  His anguish continues down through verse 9.  As we go through life there are times when we will find ourselves in this condition.  Problems arise, they get bigger than life, there appears to be no way out, our very soul goes into anguish, depression sticks its ugly head into us, and God is nowhere to be found.  This is not a new problem, it has happened to people for thousands of years of time.

However, in verse 10 we see the Psalmist get a grip on something and hang on for dear life.  He decides to remember the facts of God that he knows to be true.  God’s right hand has always held His people, has always provided for them and carefully and lovingly cared for them.  Asaph remembers the works of God and then he remembers the wonders of God.  God is wonderful and He never changes.  When our lives go down into the pit, God doesn’t change and His testimonies are still there for us.  The wonders of God include His amazing grace that continually saves us from our sin and continually prepares us for eternal life with Him in the place that He has prepared for us.

Then in verse 12 the Psalmist decides to change what he is meditating on.  At the beginning of the Psalm he is meditating on his problems, his sorrows, and his difficulties.  Now he is going to meditate on what he knows to be true about his God.  For the remainder of the Psalm we read about Asaph’s change of heart toward his problems as he focuses his mind and heart and soul on the his God.

My friends, we seldom need medication to escape from life’s emotional pain.  What we need is to learn to refocus our thinking.  Bring our thoughts into the captivity of Jesus Christ.  Focus on truths about His mercy, His love, His grace, and His eternal plans for our lives.  Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.  When we learn to do this we will find ourselves coming out of the pit of despair and up into the Light of God’s goodness and love.

Tonight is our mid-week prayer and Bible study. As we have studied prayer I have come again to emphasize its necessity. Join with us at 7:00 for prayer. If you cannot stay for Bible study at least join us for prayer.

We begin our Kids 4 Truth ministry tonight. Jodi and Dawn are ready for the beginning of a new year of teaching our children God’s truth every Wednesday night. Pray that God will send children from VBS out with us.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS




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