October 30th, 2016
My wife and I recently celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. Like most couples, we celebrate the good days along with the bad. We also remember the commitment we made to each other. We look at our wedding photos, remembering the promises we made to each other and the miracles that brought us together.
Today, as we look at promises remembered, we need to be reminded that the author of Psalm 77 has not written this psalm for himself, but as a song to encourage others, especially those who are suffering.
The psalmist tells us: “I thought about the former days, the years of long ago” (v. 5). His reflects on the day when his people lived in Egypt as slaves. The days were difficult with no hope in sight. However, in His time, God came to His people and delivered them. God also promised them future blessings in Deuteronomy 30:3: “The LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.”
As God’s people, when we are facing difficult times, like the psalmist we must remember God’s promises.
Author: Michael Paugh