I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord – Psalm 77:1, 2
Sometimes God allows trials in our lives, but don’t be discouraged. It’s always for a good reason. It could be Him trying to get our attention or to get us to let go of something we are clinging to because He has something better in store for us.
At times, our storms can be our own doing, however when we acknowledge this, confess and repent, “God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
There are times when the troubles in our lives are caused by others. In many of his psalms, David was afflicted by other people, people who hated him for no reason. They were his enemies even though he had never given them any cause to be. He cried out to God to deliver him from them and He did. Thankful to God, David declared, “He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:17-19).
There are times when we are going through trials and we wonder, “Where is God?” He is right there even though we might not think so. He is not an absentee God. He is always with us. He promised that He would be. Sometimes, people forsake us in our time of trouble and need but He never does. He is right there in it with us to help us through. He sustains, comforts, upholds and strengthens us.
When we cry out to Him, He hears us and responds. He acts. His loving presence is what keeps us during these tough times. His love and mercy comforts us. The enemy wants us to believe that God isn’t there and that we’re on our own but that’s another one of his lies. God promised that He would never leave nor forsake us and we know that God always keeps His Word.
And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds (verses 10-12).
It helps when we reflect on the wonders and greatness of God. We reflect on His past deeds–His deliverance in the past.
“The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron” (verse 16-20). Here we see the power and majesty of God.
The psalmist was in distress but then, he remembered God’s work in the past and thought of His sovereignty over nature and how He led His people, Israel on dry ground through the sea. If God can do these wondrous things, have such power over these forces of nature, He is more than able to help us to overcome or through our troubles. We don’t know how God will fix the problem but He will.
If you are going through a tough time right now, don’t be discouraged. God is in the problem fixing it. We can trust in His help, love, mercy and guidance. Let’s try to focus on Him instead of the problem. He is greater than any storm or trouble we may face.
When overwhelmed, ask yourself, “Who is so great a God as our God? And declare,
You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples” (verses 13, 14).