Verse 1 – I cried out to God with my voice – to God with my voice; and He gave ear to me.
Verse 2 – In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; my soul refused to be comforted.
Verse 3 – I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained; and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah
I’m sure, we’ve all been where Asaph was at one time or another. It seems like I’m there a lot. We are distressed about things and perhaps wonder if God will help us “this time,” and He always does.
Verse 4 – You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled I cannot speak.
Verse 5 – I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
Verse 6 – I call to remember my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.
Verse 7 – Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?
Verse 8 – Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore?
Verse 9 – Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah
We may not word our thoughts exactly like Asaph, but when you are in trouble, we often doubt if maybe God is leaving us to our own deliverance.
Verse 10 – And I said, “This is my anguish; but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
Verse 11 – I will remember the work of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of ole.
Verse 12 – I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds.
Notice that Asaph’s focus is beginning to change from his trouble to the wonderful things God had done in the past.Remembering our deliverance’s from troubles past, will reassure us that He’s the same God and will sustain us until we pass through our trials. Going through, will and does increase our faith in the One who can deliver.
Verse 13 – Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; who is so great a God as our God?
Verse 14 – You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.
verse 15 – You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
Verse 16 – The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You, they were afraid; the depths also trembled.
Anyone, who knew anything about God, knew the miracle of God’s great power parting the Red Sea. From generation to generation, the Israelites saw God’s hand of protection and love.
Verse 17 – The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about.
Verse 18 – The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook.
Verse 19 – Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, and Your footsteps were not known.
Verse 20 – You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Our God will blaze a new path if need be, to deliver His children. When there seems to be no way out, look back and see what Isaiah wrote: Isaiah 43:16-19 – (16) Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, (17) who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a witch): (18) Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. (19) Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Is anything too hard for our God? When God makes a way, its to do a “New thing” in our lives. He’s always moving us forward towards His purpose for His kingdom.
There is no situation, no crises, no trouble, that can come our way that All Mighty can’t deliver us from. But you have to believe Him in order to receive! He says over and over in His Word that He will deliver us out of all our troubles.
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