I Will Remember
by Jacob Hudgins
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old”(Psalm 77:11).
Asaph is having a hard time. He needs God’s help, but he is having to wait on him. He is confident God will come through, but things are hard in the meantime. “In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted”(Psalm 77:2).
We can relate. We know that we need God’s help. We lament the state of our nation. We worry over local churches. We battle a virus that we cannot cure or control. We wrestle with personal relationships that are not ideal. We seek personal transformation and stronger faith. We await God. How do we wait well for God’s help? Asaph has the answer: “Then I said, ‘I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the deeds of the LORD”(Psalm 77:10-11).
I will remember what God has done. While we wait for God to act in the present, we can always look to the past. “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds”(Psalm 77:11-12). God has been active long before we came into existence—creating, sustaining, and leading. But Asaph especially seems to be thinking of Jehovah’s great saving acts—the exodus and the Red Sea, the conquest and the judges. As we think about God’s greatness, we remember the desperation of the people who (at the end of their own power and expertise) could only look to God. We recall how God does not need numbers or armies or brilliant servants to accomplish great things. Everything about these memories boosts our confidence in a God who has dealt with situations like ours more times than we could possibly know.
I will remember what God is like. “Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?”(Psalm 77:13). God is holy, unutterably unique and different from all other “gods.” Musing on how God works leaves us often surprised by his methods. He insists on whittling down Gideon’s army, conquering Jericho through regimented marching, and delivering Israel from slavery after increasing their workload. Yet hindsight reveals his uniqueness and purity shining brighter through his strange ways. Remembering what God is like expands our thinking, reminding us that there is room in his story for all the strange circumstances I am currently living through.
I will remember what God can do. Especially does Asaph highlight how in past times, God has shepherded and blessed his people. “You with your arm redeemed your people…You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron”(Psalm 77:15, 20). As God showed his great power (making the waters afraid and the earth shake, Psalm 77:16, 18), his goodwill toward his people emerged. If God can save his people from slavery, captivity, and judgment, can’t he save us from whatever modern threat we face?
Waiting well is a struggle because we grow so focused on the specifics of our current situation. We get scared. We worry that God doesn’t really see us and our problems. Asaph shows us the higher path—remembering God and his goodness—that will transform our sorrow into faithful hope.