Night Cries | Psalm 77:1-9
Today's Passage: Psalm 77:1-9
Key Verses: Psalm 77:1-2
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 I would not be comforted.
It can get lonely at night. When it's just you and God waiting for sleep. Sometimes those moments of silence produce songs of praise; sometimes cries of pain. There had been times for songs of praise in the night for Asaph, but this night was not one of them.
Asaph was crying out to God for help. His heart was filled with distress, groaning, fatigue…and questions. How long would the pain continue? Were God's favor and love things of the past? Had God forgotten his promises and mercy? Where was God's compassion? Sleep would not come; questions would not stop.
Been there? There now? We learn from this portion of the psalm that it's all right to tell God what's on your mind and ask the questions that fill your mind. In tomorrow's portion of the psalm, Asaph will reflect on what God has done. But this night is filled with cries and questions…and that's okay.
Father, sometimes I just have to get my questions out in the air. Like Asaph crying out, groaning, and questioning. Thank you for loving me so much that you will let me express my heart. And thank you for always hearing my pleas. In Jesus' name. Amen.