by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: Revelation 16:1-21; Psalm 77:1-20
READ (verse chosen for meditation)
Psalm 77:12 “I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
Once again, the Psalmist (in Psalm 77) was despondent and weary. We do not know what the Psalmist was expressing grief about but we get the impression that he was in deep trouble. Once again, the Psalmist did not submit to his depression but he sought the Lord.
Psalm 77 is a beautiful Psalm that gives us somewhat of a “guide” in seeking the Lord:
- In days of trouble, instead of turning to our favourite and often ungodly escapades, we turn to the Lord.
- Even if those days are extremely challenging, even if we should lie awake in the night troubled in the mind, we do not forget to stretch out our hand to the Lord.
- Then we verbalise our thoughts and converse with God. We tell Him that despite all that we are going through; we will remember. We will remember that He has been and will continue to be holy, trustworthy and faithful. Therefore, we shall continue to trust in His will.
There was a time when my heart was deeply troubled by ministry matters. I lie in my bed wide awake, thinking of how I can go about solving the issue at hand. I tossed and turned, asking God to help me. After a few hours of turmoil, I slipped into a fitful sleep and woke up feeling even more discouraged. It was only after a few days when the Spirit reminded that instead of focusing on the issue at hand, I should focus on the faithfulness of God.
I was reminded to think about the many instances when I had almost given up and God held my hand to do His will. From there, I should then seek the heart of the Father with regards to the issue. I should recall His character.
As I did that, my spiritual burden was lifted as I was no longer using my own lens to see the issue. I was slowly brought into the perspective of the Father. From there, I managed to get wisdom to handle the tricky matter and found peace in Him. This lesson taught me one important thing: That I would need to “train up” like the Psalmist on being able to ponder upon the past deeds of the Father. It is extremely important, especially when we are in trouble.
Lord God, give me strength to actively ponder upon Your faithful and holy deeds. This is so that during times of trouble, I will remember to turn to You. Amen.