Read the whole passage here.
This chapter in Psalm has a lot to it, so first off I would like to really encourage you to prayerfully read the whole thing. Every time I read it I get something new out of it. But I would like to touch on what I most recently got out of it.
You're allowed to doubt
I love the beginning of this passage where David is suffering and grieving. He says, "my soul could not be comforted." I read this in a time when I really needed it. David, this man in the bible who was monumental for God, grew weary and had hard times. This passage, in a way, gave me permission to not be okay. Another thing I really love about these verses is how vulnerable David is with God. I think often times I either don't know to be vulnerable, feel like I'm not allowed to be doubting or struggling, or I don't think God cares. Here, David isn't afraid of God's response. Have you ever felt like David felt? Have you ever felt like the exception? Have you ever felt like He isn't there? I know I have. When I feel weary or stuck, this Psalm is helpful for me to just sit and be completely unfiltered and honest with God. He isn't afraid of doubt. Psalm 77: 7-8 says, “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?" These are questions a man who knows God well is asking. These are questions I often times feel too guilty or shameful to ask. Over time, I have learned that He wants me to ask him those questions. He wants me to ask so that He can answer them. God isn't mad when we are having a hard time, He just wants to replace our worries and doubts with His truth.
remembering God's character
I also love the the second part of this passage, or the next step if you will. I took it kind of as a guide for what comes next after vulnerability. It starts with Psalm 77:11 with David remembering who God is. He remembers all the miracles He has done and gets a perspective shift. Something I do when I am seeking Jesus is reflect on all the ways He has provided for me. I also look back in scripture and look at God's character and all that He has done for the people who believe in Him. Sometimes it just takes getting out of your own head and letting God show you the truth about who He is. Whether it be listening to a song, reflecting and being thankful for what God has done in your life, or anything you do to refresh your mind and let God in.
My prayer is for you is for perseverance. My prayer is that you just show up with a willing heart and know that that is enough. Don't live where you aren't and do live where you are. It's enough for God. His promises give freedom, not bondage.
- Laura Lewis