~Ps 77:9-10 (MSG)
9 Has God forgotten his manners? Has he angrily stalked off and left us?
10 “Just my luck,” I said. “The High God goes out of business just the moment I need him.”
Have you ever felt this way before? Have you ever felt so low down that you just know God can’t even reach you. You are so sure He has washed his hands and walked off. Put up the sign, “Gone Fishing.” God has left the building! Yeah me too! I’ve been there, done that and bought the t-shirt.
I have felt the pure loneliness and complete darkness of a totally drained spirit. The total quietness. All you can hear is your screams for help. Maybe it was a loss of a loved one, another fight with a spouse or a child or maybe a stab in the back from a close friend or a bad choice that left you in this desert. You may not even know what brought you here. Heck, you don’t even remember getting on the bus.
Never fear, it doesn’t matter what brought you. I know the man who will pay for your ticket back. As a matter of fact, it is already bought and paid for, you just have to get on. OK, OK, I know easier said than done when you feel totally alone. But the Psalms doesn’t end at this verse. God gives you the way out:
11 Once again I’ll go over what GOD has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders;
12 I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts.
~Ps 77:11-12 (MSG)
There is an old song that says count your blessings, name them one by one. That is exactly what you need to start doing right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
It is really hard to stay in a funk, when you remember better days. You all of a sudden find yourself smiling, then giggling. You take a deep breath when you remember where you were and realize where you are standing now. You see how far you have come. You notice all of the things God has done for you so far. You remember He isn’t done with you yet, so he will get you through this one too.
Before you know it you are claiming ~Psalms 77:13-14 (MSG)
13 O God! Your way is holy! No god is great like God!
14 You’re the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do–
I know I can trust in you. Help me to never forget your works and keep your commands (Ps 78:7). I know your way is holy and no god is greater than you (Ps 77:13). Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name (Ps 63:3-4). 6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and give heed to the voice of my supplications! In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, for You will answer me. There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever (Ps 86:6-12).