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“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11
A few years ago in my journey toward healthy living, I came to a game-changing realization. Despite my efforts to the contrary, I was a very unstable person. I was highly susceptible to feelings of inadequacy. Perceived rejection or loneliness led me down a road toward anxiety and depression. On the other hand, words of encouragement sent my spirits through the roof.
I lived on a rollercoaster controlled by my emotions and other people’s opinions. If you’ve ever been on a rollercoaster, you know they are great fun. But nobody wants to live on one.
My breakthrough came when I understood that I could choose. I could ride along with the emotions or I could step out of the car and choose to act on the truth of God’s Word.
The writer of Psalm 77 understood the same principle. His mind was troubled. He could not be comforted. God seemed far away.
Then he thought about the times when God had been there. He remembered God’s power and His miracles of the past. The writer decided to focus on the goodness of his God rather than on his current troubles.
We don’t know if the writer got an answer from God about his problems. But he ended the psalm focused on stories of God’s might and His faithfulness to His people. No matter what our feelings tell us, we can choose to live in peace and confidence of God’s goodness and His love for us.
God, Your Word records Your faithfulness toward Your people. Remind me of those things when I’m discouraged and can’t feel You near. Amen.
The Old Testament is full of stories of God’s faithfulness to His people. Read the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, or Moses and the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt in the book of Exodus. Our God is the same God of Joseph and Moses. Even if your circumstances are hard and He seems far away, decide today that you are going to believe in God’s goodness and faithfulness in your life.