Psalm 77—While Suffering, I will appeal to the Mighty Works of God

(20 verses, 1:20 to read)

LISTEN & READ

What I am about to READ

  • A prayer for those who suffer, this psalm remembers the mighty works of God in history while enduring much torment.

MARK

  • Verses 1-3 focus on our cries to God.
  • Verses 4-6 introduce the remembrance of God’s works and transition to the rhetorical questions of the next verses.
  • Verses 7-9 ask rhetorical questions. This may be what life looks like, but, as we will see, God has not abandoned you.
  • Verse 10 appeals to the eternal, almighty God.
  • Verses 11-20 regard the mighty works of God as a comfort for one who presently suffers.

LEARN

  • Sometimes, it seems like God wants to break a bent reed, snuff out a dying flame, and give more than we can handle while providing no window for escape.
  • Verses 7-9 express this seeming reality with rhetorical questions: will the Lord spurn forever? Has his steadfast love ceased? Are his promises at an end? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?
  • Sometimes, it will seem that way. So what hope do we have?
  • Verse 10, “I will appeal to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
    • God has promised that the Seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head.
    • God brought eight souls through the flood to save the faithful remnant.
    • God used what Joseph’s brothers meant for evil for good.
    • The plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the Conquest, these historical events show that God not only is able to help but does help though not as we might expect or desire.
  • To remember God’s great works in history is also to remember God’s love and action to save us. The two are the same. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He ever loved you, and this is God’s love, that while we were sinners Christ died for us, then He loves you still. And provides the bread that you need for this body and life as well as the bread that you need for the life to come.

INWARDLY DIGEST

  • When suffering, remember the mighty works of God to save you, especially your Baptism and the words of this hymn:
  • “Satan, hear this proclamation: I am baptized into Christ! / Drop your ugly accusation; I am not so soon enticed. / Now that to the font I’ve traveled, all your might has come unraveled, / And, against your tyranny, God, my Lord, unites with me!” “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It,” LSB 594.2.

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-Pastor Tyler Holt

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