As you turn to God, your troubles, like bubbles, will not last long.

Psalm 77:2  “When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted. “

The author of Psalm 77 is Asaph. He seems to be describing the circumstances most people are and nations are experiencing now.  There are times when circumstances have made it look as if the hand of God is against us.  Maybe that is you today.  Some feel strongly surrounded by bitterness, brutality, inhuman treatment and woes. Some expected change, but found themselves in chains that bring further distress.  Even when they cry out to the Lord with an impassioned heart, it seems like their prayers are shut out.   They may begin to think that they look like an object of embarrassment to family, friends, and foes.  Their soul is moved far away from the peace the Lord has promised. Asaph cried out to God for courage during a time of deep distress. He was willing to turn to God.

A further look at the Psalm reveals that the source of Asaph’s distress was his doubt .

“Will the LORD reject forever? Will He never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion? (77:7-9).

The question I have for you is this:  What are your doubts today about God and his word? Will you do as Asaph did? He pleaded with God.  In times like these, God is the only help and hope you ought to have. It is in Him alone that you can get courage and comfort.

Will you turn to God today?

As you read through the rest of the Psalm, in particular 77:13-20, you will notice that the “I” is gone.  As Asaph expressed his requests to God, his focus changed from thinking of himself to worshiping God.  Hope comes as he declares:  “You are the God who performs miracles “(77:14). Only after he put aside his doubts about God’s holiness and care for him (77:13, 14) did he eliminates his distress (77:20).  The part you and I can play in eliminating distress in our lives is to pray, and as we pray, God will lovingly shift our focus from ourselves to Him.  Consider all these pains and sufferings to be bubbles. Bubbles never last long in the air.  As you turn to God, my prayer for you is that the God who does miracles will come to rescue you

Another thing we can do is to remember God’s help in the past. When we think or feel like giving up we must keep the truths we have lived through in mind.   It is because of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed.  His compassion fails not. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. Therefore, trust Him.  He is good to those who wait for Him. Recalling God’s miracles and previous works can give us courage to continue.