psalms 77 commentary

A Song. 7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? A Psalm of Asaph. "God's in his heaven," all right, "But all is not well with the world." The reprobate nation fully deserved to be cut off forever, and their godless kingdom cried out to heaven for its destruction. ", "Thou holdest mine eyes watching" (Psalms 77:4). 1. "In the Day of Trouble," Melissa Bane Sevier, Contemplative Viewfinder, 2016. "I sought the Lord" (Psalms 77:2) ... "My soul refused to be comforted" (Psalms 77:2) ... "I remember God ... am disquieted ... and my spirit is overwhelmed" (Psalms 77:3). Psalm 77:1-20—Read the Bible online or download free. At this point, as if lost in an ecstasy, he hurriedly closes … Psalm 77:11, ESV: "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old." 16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled. forever, Ps. "This is my infirmity" (Psalms 77:10). Saints in the olden times were very fond of falling back upon the redemption of Israel out of Egypt. I call to remembrance my song in the night: Is his lovingkindness clean gone forever? 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. It was meet that another leader of the psalmody should take his turn. As Leupold expressed it, "A man is well on the way to recovery from all uncertainty and doubts when he remembers the record of God's guidance of his people in the past, and the fact of God's always providing adequate leadership for his true followers."[13]. 17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. From Ps 77:10-15 his meditations run toward God, and in the close he seems as in a vision to behold the wonders of the Red Sea and the wilderness. 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. 15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. 1 Chronicles 25:1 and 2 Chronicles 29:30 add that Asaph was a prophet in his musical compositions. 77:9, which may imply that Ps. 20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77 This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. The great lesson of this psalm is that those who love God must trust him however distasteful or even disastrous may be the circumstances through which it is our duty to pass. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … God loves his children no matter what wretched sorrows they suffer; and the heart of faith must always, "take it to the Lord in prayer." 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. To the Chief Musician, to Jeduthun. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. 1 God’s chosen people were dragged away to Babylon as slaves. The six plaintive questions of Psalms 77:7-9 are eloquent expressions indeed of the doubts and fears of the psalmist. God let the bad thing happen, and did not give help. 1. Was it not reasonable for the psalmist to express his doubts and question God? "Thy way is in the sanctuary" (Psalms 77:13). 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Of course, God did what God had to do. Trust in God is an... 2. Psalm 76 – The Greatness of God and Man’s Proper Response. He liquidated the kingdom and sent the residue of it to Babylon, where, through generations of hardship, the righteous remnant were given the privilege of re-focusing their love, not upon an earthly state, but upon the godly lives required in those who really desired to be a part of God's "chosen people.". When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be … The precious saints who still loved the Lord still prayed for the beloved nation; but God could no longer answer such prayers. Of Asaph. This is a reference to the fact that God had delivered Israel from Egyptian slavery in such a sensational manner that nobody on earth could have been unaware of it. I will make mention of the deeds of Jehovah; Thou hast made known thy strength among the peoples. Did this mean that God had forgotten his people? 1. forever, Ps. The trouble was due to the cessation of God's blessings upon national Israel in the manner that he had once so gloriously done. Baal, for example, was the storm God; but Baal never did anything, even in the false claims of mythology, that could be compared to what God did at the Red Sea. And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. This article deals with four items connected with a study of Psalm 77: date, unity, exegesis, and theology of history. One may feel nothing but sympathetic concern for all of God's children who suffered the incredible agony of living through all of the sorrows that fell upon national Israel during those days leading up to the captivity. The Anchor Bible translates this: "Mine eyes are accustomed to vigils; I pace the floor and do not recline. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. The psalmist went on to mention others. Here the psalmist acknowledges that all of those doubts and misgivings are his own infirmity, not God's. The problem with this understanding is that the account of the Red Sea crossing in Exodus says nothing about the clouds, the rain, the thunder and the lightning which are mentioned here. 3. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. God heard his prayer and gave him peace."[5]. "And I said, This [is] my infirmity: [but I will remember] the years of the right hand of the most High." 10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. It was indeed a time of darkness and doubt for all of them. Asaph was the great singer and musician of David and Solomon’s era (1 Chronicles 15:17-19, 16:5-7; 2 Chronicles 29:13). 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Psalms 77:15. Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Psalm 77 commentary 1. Psalm 77:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 77:11, NIV: "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago." 77:10-15 comprise a strophe (cf. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob an Joseph. and will he be favourable no more? A Psalm of Asaph. 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and his favor and grace. Perhaps there is no one single safeguard against such calamities in... 3. "[3], "I call to remembrance my song in the night" (Psalms 77:6). Psalms 77:18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. "[12], GOD'S GUIDANCE OF ISRAEL IN THE WILDERNESS. In the day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and his favor and grace. I TRODUCTIO SPURGEO , "TITLE. This, of course, is the view of Briggs who said, "Psalms 77 is a composite";[10] and the last five verses, "Describe the advent of Yahweh in a storm."[11]. "Selah" appears at the end of Ps. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. "Selah" appears at the end of Ps. I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me. 77:7 - BDB 761 The manna from heaven, the water from the rock, the victories over enemies, the bitter waters made sweet, the thunders of Sinai, the giving of the Law, etc., etc. "Thy way was in the sea ... paths in the great waters" (Psalms 77:19). His ways are above our ways; he has not revealed to men the reasons behind any of his actions; his deeds, as far as men are concerned, are indeed inscrutable. Psalm 77 God’s Mighty Deeds Recalled. NKJV, JPSOA). 19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. The tone of the Psalm surely changes at 77:11-20. I cried out to God for help;I cried out to God to hear me. It was true of the ancient sanctuary for Israel, and it is true in the Church of God today. He strongly desired to find negative answers to all these questions, but the harsh conditions confronting the nation of Israel seemed to demand an affirmation of his worst fears, namely, that God indeed: (1) had cast off; (2) was no longer favorable; (3) His lovingkindness gone; (4) His promise had failed; (5) had forgotten to be gracious; (6) and had shut up His tender mercies. Some scholars understand this psalm as a "national lament,"[2] and others think of it as the lament of an individual; but the simple truth seems to be that it is indeed the lament of an individual brought about by the terrible fate of the kingdom which was in the process of being providentially destroyed. Selah. No, God had not really "forgotten" His promise, nor shut off His mercies, nor cast off His true people, but the promises to Israel had always been conditional, that condition being their faithfulness to God; and when Israel no longer met that condition, God's blessings indeed ceased. And from that understanding of it, it is not hard to figure out why the psalmist is almost overcome with doubt. We do not know, of course, that such an adaptation of mythological terminology is in view here; but one thing we feel very sure about is that, we do not have a separate psalm in these last five verses, describing God's appearance in a thunderstorm, as in Psalms 29. 77:9, which may imply that Ps. Even when He was incarnate, the winds and the waves obeyed him, and the sea provided a path for Him. It was required by the gross wickedness of the vast majority of racial Israel. For him, the apparent gap between what he believed and what he felt was painful. As Dummelow noted, this is a clear reference to, "God's deliverance of Israel from Egypt. 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. "Thou hast redeemed thy people ... sons of Jacob and Joseph" (Psalms 77:15). Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. When I was in distress, I "[8] Rawlinson likewise called these verses, "A magnificent description of the deliverance of Israel at the Red Sea."[9]. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: My hand was stretched out in the night, and slacked not; I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? on StudyLight.org Even though we do not know what it is, God surely knows what he is doing! Selah. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible - Old Testament Psalm 77 (Chapter LXXVII Study) This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. "Thou hast made known thy strength among the peoples" (Psalms 77:14). a. This was another of the mighty works of God upon which the psalmist had resolved to meditate; and this was indeed a wonder. A psalm. NKJV, JPSOA). There are many conditions that upright people recognize as contrary to the will of God; and such things should not be allowed to foster doubt in Christian hearts. The psalmist reveals that Israelites gained strength and comfort by planting their faith firmly in the God who worked in history. The big factor in this psalm is the problem of doubt. 2. Psalm 77:5 Verse of the Day Commentary. Psalm 77#In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.For the director of music. The voice of thy thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lightened the world: The earth trembled and shook. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. 13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused … It was impossible for the righteous minority to understand why things were everywhere turning into unqualified disaster and destruction for national Israel, hence, the terrible doubt of the psalmist expressed here. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, "I remember God ... am disquieted ... and my spirit is overwhelmed", "I call to remembrance my song in the night", "Thou hast made known thy strength among the peoples", "Thou hast redeemed thy people ... sons of Jacob and Joseph", "Thy way was in the sea ... paths in the great waters", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. He then announces that he will think upon the wonderful things God has done in the past for Israel. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. No! As Kidner said, "All of the words here are a true picture of God's sway over nature. We have also observed that in the Psalms, the sacred writers often preempt language used by the pagans in speaking of their false gods to describe the actions of the true God. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people. 1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. Commentary, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 | Jonathan Sprang | Arts Pastor, Catalyst Community Church | A Plain Account, 2016 "Lament Psalms give us a great place to offer our people the words to say when going through tough times." What a spur to invention earthly calamities are! Cheyne also so understood this.[7]. Something bad had happened to him or to his people, the *Jews. To us, by far the most acceptable interpretation is that which refers these verses to the Crossing of the Red Sea. "Many have been the songs that he either composed or sang; and he had once derived much spiritual comfort from them; but they gave him no help now, and aroused no feelings of confident faith."[4]. The tone of the Psalm surely changes at 77:11-20. "And thy footsteps were not known" (Psalms 77:19). How would faith be educated and developed but for the demands made upon it by the trials of life? It appears to us that the mention of "Jacob" and "Joseph" in this context is due to the fact that in the times of this psalm, the kingdom was divided, Jacob standing for the Southern Israel, and Joseph for the Northern Israel. To the leader: according to Jeduthun. There was never anything else in the history of mankind that deserves to be compared with what God did for Israel in the Wilderness of Sinai. That is why that such questions as these, as regarded the vast majority of ancient Israel, were indeed required to be answered affirmatively. The complaints seem to be of personal grievances, but the encouragements relate to the public concerns of the church, so that it is not certain whether it was penned upon a personal or a public account. Psalms 77:1-20 THE occasion of the profound sadness of the first part of this psalm may be inferred from the thoughts which brighten it into hope in the second. It was no slackening of God's love for his people that brought about the traumatic experience of the exile. "By all this his mind was comforted, and his soul was made calm. Psalms 77:17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. 77:7-8 Psalm 77:7 and 8 have four words or phrases that describe the psalmist's feeling that YHWH has permanently abandoned Israel. Selah. Psalm 77:3The Hebrew has Selah(a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15. Dummelow considered these words a reference to the Red Sea crossing; and McCullough affirmed that, "Psalms 77:20 interprets the preceding verses (Psalms 77:16-19) as pertinent to the Exodus. The impossibility was not with God; it was with Israel; their sins and rebellion against the Lord had finally reached a climax beyond which God was determined to "cut them off." 11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. Psalms 77:17 - The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there. Even today, when men are tempted to doubt because of conditions in the world which seem contrary to all truth and righteousness, it is the duty of all believers to "trust where they cannot see." 77… Psalms 77:19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. 1 (To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.) 5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. This writer has known persons who in some disaster, such as the sudden death of a beloved child, have turned against God in bitterness and unbelief; but such a reaction is never right. 18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. THE HISTORY OF GOD'S LOVE OF ISRAEL ENCOURAGING. Psalms 77:10 here is the turning point in the psalm. The psalmist's recognition of the fact that the fault was with himself, not with God, and his resolution to think upon the wonders of what God had already done for His people, and his determination to find in the sanctuary the solution for all his doubts, we believe, must surely have resulted, as Barnes suggested. 14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. … 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. We do not know who wrote Psalm 77. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician.On stringed instruments. b. o harp should be silent in the courts of the Lord's house. "[6] This was not the only wonderful thing, however, that God had done. It could be that this information is supplementary to that given in Exodus; and we do not rule that out as a possibility. Later versions render this, "Thy way is holy," but that seriously weakens the passage. Psalm 77:11, KJV: "I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old." The Story of Psalm 77. A Psalm. For Jeduthun. "Commentary on Psalms 77:4". Even unto God with my voice; and he will give ear unto me. THE PROBLEM OF HANDLING DOUBT IN DIFFICULT TIMES. These were the memories of … The six plaintive questions of Psalms 77:7-9 are eloquent expressions indeed of the doubts and fears of the psalmist. hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Psalm 77 (Greek numbering: Psalm 76) is the 77th psalm in the biblical Book of Psalms. Psalm 77 vividly illustrates this point. For Jeduthun. This is my anguish: We appreciate the honest anguishof Asaph in this psalm. A psalm. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. It was a favorite subject of their contemplation; it yielded them great comfort, and very, very frequently they turned it … "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. 1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. Psalm 77. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. All other rights reserved. Commentary on Psalm 77:1-10. Psalms 77:1 Context. Chapter 77 This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. There is no consolation, utterly no help, anywhere else. Selah. 1983-1999. But I will remember: In the midst of the painful anguish between what he believed and what he felt, Asaph spoke … The end of the psalm tells us that God gave help in the past. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused … 77:1-10 Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. The terrible doubt and sorrow that depressed God's faithful remnant among the notoriously apostate people of Israel in the period ending in their Babylonian captivity must indeed have reached epic proportions. PSALM 77 COMME TARY EDITED BY GLE PEASE For the director of music. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. The complaints seem to be of personal grievances, but the encouragements relate to the public concerns of the church, so that it is not certain whether it was penned upon a personal or a public account. He can send help again to the *psalmist, if the *psalmist waits. Given the lack of understanding on the part of the saints, and the rapidly worsening conditions afflicting the nation, and their doubt is easily understood. Of Asaph. doth his promise fail for evermore? The Book of Psalms Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET PSALM 77 Psa 77:1-20.To Jeduthun--(See on JF & B for Ps 39:1, title).In a time of great affliction, when ready to despair, the Psalmist derives relief from calling to mind God's former and wonderful works of delivering power and grace. The Holy City of Jerusalem had been conquered. 77:10-15 comprise a strophe (cf. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-77.html. In the slightly different numbering system of the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 76 Content. God's way is always in and through the institution which he has created to establish and nourish faith. 77 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. 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