Reading: Psalm 77: 1-2 & 11-20
Psalm 77 begins with, “I cried out to God for help; I cried out for God to hear me”. In this opening line we can feel connection. Whether recent, long ago, or present, we have all had occasions to cry out to God and to lay out great need at His feet. When we find ourselves at the end of our hope, we desperately reach out to God and beg Him to hear our prayer.
Then the psalmist goes on remind himself of all that God has done. In this way we too can recall times we have been in God’s presence in our past and can again rejoice in the blessings we have and are currently experiencing. Then he goes on to recount God’s goodness and the many miracles God has worked in the past. In the midst of a difficult time it is important to think on God’s love, goodness, and power.
As the Psalm concludes, the writer recalls God’s leading of the people. God still desires to lead us each day of our lives as well. God seeks to be an active and engaged participant in our lives. In times of stress or trial it can be easy to forget God’s role in our lives. Even in those times that He seems to be absent, He is always ad near as our next prayer.
God’s desire is to heal and save the world. The master plan is to make all things new again. There is hope in our faith. We do go through dark moments in our lives, but we also dance in God’s light and love. May today be a day of dancing. And even if the dance is slow and mournful, may it also be bathed in God’s presence.