Memory and Monsters

June 11, 2012

Life is filled with monsters, metaphorical monsters. We often face those troubling situations that are beyond our control. When this happens we are to run to our God. Even when we do this, there can be a lingering battle for peace. The Psalmist writes in 77:2, “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.” In verse 4 of that passage he writes, “I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” We’ve probably all experienced this. The situation is so troubling that comfort is elusive. You’ve talked about it to the point that there isn’t anything more to say. It has all been said.

The psalmist in our passage asks some key questions about God. Psalm 77:8 says, “Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?” Of course, the answer to both of these questions is no. It isn’t that we don’t have monsters. We do (John 16:33). Our truth is that our God will slay our monsters. We usually don’t need better strategies or techniques or even medication; we need a better memory.

The psalmist then writes:

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. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. (Psalm 77:11-14)

What monster are you facing today? Like the psalmist said, “I will remember…” Remember that your God is bigger than your monsters. Rest in that.