Reading: Psalm 77: 1-2 and 11-20
As our reading opens, the psalmist feels stress and worry and fear. The writer feels all alone – isolated from people and from God. It is a hard place to be. At points in life our problems can seem to mount up like a wall around us. We cannot see over the top and it seems as if others and God cannot see in. In these moments we cry out to God and seem to get no response. We want God or people to come to our aid or to at least bring comfort and it turns out as if all were oblivious to us.
As the song progresses, there is a shift. The psalmist is perhaps in worship or maybe just the power of the raging storm reawakens his sense of God’s presence. In either case, the psalmist realizes that God has always been present. He recalls God’s mighty acts on behalf of the community of faith. He remembers God’s good news and this lifts his spirit. In the vastness and power of God the writer comes to see that he is not alone and that there is much more to God than just the personal relationship.
In our lives we too will feel all alone from time to time. As our problems mount, may we look to the skies, to nature, to history to remind ourselves of God’s presence. May we recall the story of Jesus and all that God incarnate offers to us. May we find presence and comfort and strength in His power and majesty.