Psalm 77:7-9 “Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.”
There is a point in our childhood when we begin to think on our own and wonder why our parents seem to have no sense or reason. Then, only a few years more, and they have now become the wisest people on the planet. Why is that?
Reason and understanding; wisdom and discernment are now something they seemed devoid not so many years back. What happened? I grew to see that my own way of seeing things was immature, blind, and unseasoned. Pride had fooled me into thinking that I knew better; I knew more than they ever could and wondered why they didn’t see it my way.
We all have had to come to that realization. But, have we done so with God?
We have learned a bit about His character and His love and believe He should act a certain way to us, or answer our prayer a certain way, when all along we only know a spec of just who God is and how He operates.
As I read this psalm, I thought back to those times and wonder if I project onto God characteristics, or think He should be a certain way or answer my prayer. In my ignorance, I leave off hearing the sweet Spirit of God beckoning me to humble myself to His Sovereignty or succumb to His conviction and repent.
At the pinnacle of his musing, Asaph said: “Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?”
But it is when he continues we find wisdom.
Psalm 77:10 “And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.”
Sin kept him from seeing clearly. Sin held his eyes from seeing; his heart from accepting all that had come from the hand of God. And the vehicle that helped him get to this point?
“…but I will remember.”
Psalm 77:11-12 “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
I have found that when my life gets so hectic, I do not have time just to sit and think. We feel hurried into decisions we regret later. We rush off and leave someone who just needed us to be with them and comfort them.
If we would just think on all that that one had done for us in the past, we could easily forgive the momentary lapse in judgment or a slip of the tongue.
We lightly esteem God’s mercy, and grace bestowed upon us and think ourselves worthy and deserving of so much more. My only worth as a man is in Christ and what He has made me. And what I truly deserve is Hell.
God’s love for His children is not anything like how we love. It is unconditional; not based upon what we have done for Him lately, but, more on who we are because of Jesus Christ.
As you read God’s Word, take the time to muse on what it is you just read. Write down one characteristic about God that spoke to your heart. Record something He revealed or reminded, or brought to the forefront of your mind.
That way, when you and I find ourselves like the psalmist; pressed for time, or, pressed out of measure, we can return to those mornings or those times when God spoke to our heart and gave us something sweet to carry us through our day.
True meditation is not something associated with eastern mysticism. It is the art of quieting the noise on the inside to hear the God of Heaven speak. David knew:
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God…”