February 16, 2008

A psalm of comfort.

Psalm 77

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.

I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused, and my spirit grew faint. Selah
You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired:

"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?
Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?" Selah

Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High."
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.

Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.
The clouds poured down water, the skies resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.
Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.
Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.

You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

That's all for now, I have a lot of work to do for school, I just wanted to get this out.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Dear Jane,

Sounds like things are still pretty rough :( Turning to the Psalms is a good way to deal with that...David certainly was going through some hard stuff when he wrote them! I am praying that things will get better for you...wish I could be there in person to give you a hug! But I think it's awesome that you have a career goal now and are working hard to get good grades - I know you can do it, even when it seems overwhelming. You're a strong woman, and God can give you strength when you have none. I remember how grueling last semester was for me and all the nights I was up til 3 or 4 (or didn't sleep at all) writing papers. Yet there were definitely times when I found strength to finish that was not my own, and was given joy from Somewhere Else. I pray that God will do the same for you. One Scripture that encouraged me was Isaiah 40:28-31:

The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.