Daily D – Psalm 77:10
And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” PSALM 77:10 (NLT)
“Just my luck,” I said. “The High God goes out of business just the moment I need him.”
Got whiplash? We have moved from righteous indignation to unrighteous destruction to a re-expanding pandemic in rather short order. You are forgiven if you are having a hard time knowing where to focus. All three balls, and maybe more, are in the air and require constant juggling.
Psalm 77 is one of my favorites. It tells a story I have often lived. Take it and read it top to bottom. Whatever your favorite Bible translation, start there. Then read the New Living Translation and The Message. Listen to vv. 7-9 in The Message:
Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good?
Will he never smile again?
Is his love worn threadbare?
Has his salvation promise burned out?
Has God forgotten his manners?
Has he angrily stalked off and left us?
Asaph the Poet wrote as if he were walking in our shoes. The more things change, the more they stay the same. And that is exactly, precisely what Asaph said next.
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
vv. 11, 12
Our Father in heaven never changes. He is always mighty. He is always good. He is always motivated and animated by his never-ending love. He saves, delivers, and heals. He specializes in the impossible.
Caught between the devil and the deep Red Sea? No way back? No way forward? Hemmed in before and behind?
When the Red Sea saw you, O God,
its waters looked and trembled!
The sea quaked to its very depths.
Then comes one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible:
Your road led through the sea,
Your pathway through the mighty waters—
A pathway no one knew was there.
I do not read history; I read His story. Better than any movie script, better than any novel, more exciting than any thriller, more amazing than anything ever seen yet, God is working out his ultimate plan for planet Earth and all its inhabitants. He is Waymaker.
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
Way Maker lyrics © Tunecore Inc
No matter how dark, no matter how dangerous, no matter how frightening, no matter how lost, God will make a way when there seems to be no way.
Do not despair another day.
God will always make a way.
Today could be that very day.
I will go with God who knows the way, shows the way, and goes all the way with us.
Our Father, you are the way, the truth, and the life. Without you there is no going. Without you there is no knowing. Without you there is no living. Show us the way we should go, for to you we lift up our souls. Amen.
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Acts 21:10, 11 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” (NLT)
Acts 20:33-35 “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (NLT)
Acts 18:9, 10 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” (NLT)
1 Kings 19:11-13 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NLT)