Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.” – Psalm 77:10
My ESV bible titles Psalm 77: “In the Day of Trouble, I seek the Lord.” It is a desperate Psalm. The Psalmist is burdened by his troubles, whether relating to a public or private matter we are not sure. But it causes him extreme anguish in spirit and so much so that his soul “refuses to be comforted” (Psalm 77:2).
It is a familar reality for most of us. Many of us have had, or are currently in, a “silent season.” A season of painful waiting, where at times it can feel like God has hid himself. At the worst times of these seasons, we can find ourselves disoriented with unbelief. It can be so disorientating that you can begin to doubt the goodness of God: “Can He hear me? Has He forgotten? Does He care? Does He see me?”
Like the Psalmist, unbelief, despondency and sorrow can be so heavy, we can almost drown. But look at how he stirs up his faith yet again:
Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
The Psalmist reminds himself the “years of the right hand of the Most High”, namely, of the power of God. He also recalls to mind the covenant of God. He reminds himself of the God who keeps His promises, the God who works wonders, the God who called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who split the Red Sea, the God who called creation into being, the God who upholds the universe by the word of His power.
From a place of deep anguish, the Psalmist begins to praise. He is comforted by the truth that God is who He says He is. And here is a profound lesson for us: gain perspective in the valley by the declaration of the reality of who God is. If you have momentarily forgotten, remind yourself once again until you are praising in your valley. Tell your troubles: “I will not be shaken by you because this is who my God is.”