And I said, “This is my anguish; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” Psalm 77:10
This has to be one of the most honest and powerful transitions in all of scripture. In the first half of Psalm 77, Asaph pours out his heavy heart before the Lord. He holds nothing back, writing things like, “My soul refused to be comforted, I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed, I am so troubled I cannot speak.” What’s remarkable is that Asaph doesn’t remain in that state. Somehow the confession of his heavy heart led to remembering the power and goodness of God, even though his current circumstances hadn’t changed.
Morgan wrote, “The message of this psalm is that to brood on sorrow is to be broken and disheartened, while to see God is to sing on the darkest day. Once we come to know that our years are of His right hand, there is light everywhere.” While Asaph uses the first half of Psalm 77 to describe his anguish, the moment he determines to remember “the years of the right hand of the Most High” everything changes. The second half of Psalm 77 is all about the faithfulness of God in the past, which leads to trusting Him in the present and hoping for Him in the future.
At the end of one of Tim Keller’s daily devotions he included a prayer I think would be beneficial for us all to pray today: “Lord, I worry because I forget your wisdom, I resent because I forget your mercy, I covet because I forget your beauty, I sing because I forget your holiness. I fear because I forget your sovereignty. You always remember me; help me to always remember you. Amen.”
Join us once again in the park on Sunday as we open Psalm 77 and learn how we can have “Hope for a Heavy Heart”. We will not be having a potluck but we will be having donuts and coffee.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!