objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psa 77: Remembering the Past
the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.
Comments: The psalmist in this song anguishes in a time
when the Lord seems absent and he cries out to Him. As he thought
about the Lord he remembered the stories that had been passed
down through the centuries, the stories of God's love and His
actions on behalf of this people He brought into being from the
Patriarchs onwards. In one sense it is not a prayer for in fact
he asks for nothing, but it is a remembrance of the sort of God
they follow, even though clearly, in the present time, they were
not seeing the great works of God. It thus reminds us that though
we might prefer it, history is not a steady flow of development
and blessing, especially when it comes to dealings with the Lord.
Nevertheless, we need to constantly remind ourselves of history,
of what He has done, in order to prepare us to receive the same
in the present or coming days.]
The psalmist continues to cry out to the Lord
cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
In complete anguish he thought on and turned to the Lord
remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
And thinking of Him he though back to what he knew of their past
thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
From the steady relationship they had once known, had that now
gone for ever?
the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
He determined to remember the days of miracles they had known
I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched
out his right hand.
will remember the deeds of the Lord
yes, I will remember your miracles of
will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
He remembered the Lord's activities with the Patriarchs and to
are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Comments: It is worth working through these verses to
see how they correspond with the history of Israel.]
to Psa 78