“All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted (Psalm 77: 2). “
Have you ever had a miserable night like Asaph’s? I certainly have. I believe it happens even to the best of us. Although we are God’s children, we are still human and during intense trials we sometimes doubt if our prayers are truly heard by God. We may even imagine that God has done the impossible and abandoned us. Then suddenly, our hopes fly away like chaff in the wind.
For example, at Psalm 77: 5-10 Asaph says,
” I think of the good old days long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.”
In the past, discouragement has left me with my head hanging down, wondering if God truly cares. Make no mistake about it, I am a child of the King, but I am still flesh and blood in this broken world. In this same way, the Apostle Paul said, “I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.(Romans 7:22, 23)”
Thankfully, our heavenly Father empowers us to not only endure but to overcome discouraging thoughts. Philippians 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
When it seemed as though Asaph had lost all hope, he declared, “But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago (Psalm 77:11).” Asaph refused to give up and so should we. God is more than willing and able, through the power of His Holy Spirit, to remind us of who He truly is; even in our darkest, most depressing hour. May we always take comfort in knowing that God will never leave nor forsake us.