My God and I

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 77:1-15

In the first part of this Psalm the author emphasizes the word “I.” I cried, I remembered, I mused. Focusing on his own condition he is deeply distressed.

Then he makes a decision, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord” (v. 11). When we are distressed, we can either focus on our condition or we can focus on the great things God has done for his people. We can recall that he promises to do great things for us also.

Now, instead of saying “I,” the writer says to God: “Your ways are holy . . . You are the God who performs miracles.” We can choose to do the same thing, to stop centering our thinking on ourselves. Rather we should recall the works of God for his people in the past, realizing the God of the past is present. As he cared about his people back then, so he cares about us now.

Friend, focus on God. Consider his power. Consider his love. Consider how he expressed that love and power for his people in the past. He loves you. He will help you. His timetable may be slower than yours, but his timing is perfect. “You led your people like a flock” (v. 20). And he will do the same thing for you.

PRAYER

Father, help me to turn my focus away from myself and consider what wonderful things you do for those who trust in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.