A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

Are you there God?

Psalm 77 has been one of my favorite psalms for many years. In it the psalmist asks some serious heart and faith questions, like “Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His promise come to an end forever? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion?” (vv. 7-9). Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever asked these questions of God. If you have lived long enough and experienced difficult trials, or even if you have seen others you love go through trials, my guess is you have. I know that I have! It is not wrong or wicked to ask them – but we need to be sure to do as the psalmist does – he chooses to appeal to the Lord’s past faithfulness and goodness as a means to give him hope in the hear and now and for the future. In other words, he chooses to trust even though the circumstances are yet unchanged. “Then I said, ‘I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.”

He then goes on to give us a poetic look at God’s redemption of the Israelites through the Red Sea. He notes that even thought though the Israelites didn’t know it, God had a way for them to take. It was the option they never thought of, and yet God had already planned the way and gone before them although his “footprints were unseen” (v. 19).

In our days of questioning – we also need to choose to recall God’s goodness and faithfulness, to us and to his people across all the ages. We also need to remember that he has a path for us, and that sometimes that path is so amazing and unexpected we would never have thought about it on our own. Finally, we need to remember that God is not only with us, but he goes before us preparing the way. Oh that the Lord would help us to believe he is THE great God.