Later versions render this, "Thy way is holy," but that seriously weakens the passage. Psalms 77:15. 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. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Psalm 77#In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.For the director of music. Trust in God is an... 2. 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. "Thou hast redeemed thy people ... sons of Jacob and Joseph" (Psalms 77:15). 77:10-15 comprise a strophe (cf. 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. The tone of the Psalm surely changes at 77:11-20. 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. The reprobate nation fully deserved to be cut off forever, and their godless kingdom cried out to heaven for its destruction. I will make mention of the deeds of Jehovah; Thou hast made known thy strength among the peoples. "Thy way was in the sea ... paths in the great waters" (Psalms 77:19). To the leader: according to Jeduthun. a. And from that understanding of it, it is not hard to figure out why the psalmist is almost overcome with doubt. Psalms 77:19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Cheyne also so understood this.[7]. doth his promise fail for evermore? 77… 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. 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. 1 (To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.) I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me. I TRODUCTIO SPURGEO , "TITLE. For Jeduthun. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. As Dummelow noted, this is a clear reference to, "God's deliverance of Israel from Egypt. There is no consolation, utterly no help, anywhere else. Psalms 77:17 - The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there. But I will remember: In the midst of the painful anguish between what he believed and what he felt, Asaph spoke … 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]. He then announces that he will think upon the wonderful things God has done in the past for Israel. Of Asaph. 77 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. It was indeed a time of darkness and doubt for all of them. hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? A psalm. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. b. 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. Psalm 77 This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. As Kidner said, "All of the words here are a true picture of God's sway over nature. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob an Joseph. Selah. Perhaps there is no one single safeguard against such calamities in... 3. The precious saints who still loved the Lord still prayed for the beloved nation; but God could no longer answer such prayers. A Psalm. Even though we do not know what it is, God surely knows what he is doing! It was a favorite subject of their contemplation; it yielded them great comfort, and very, very frequently they turned it … 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. 2. 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. Chapter 77 This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 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. "Selah" appears at the end of Ps. 77:7 - BDB 761 "In the Day of Trouble," Melissa Bane Sevier, Contemplative Viewfinder, 2016. This was another of the mighty works of God upon which the psalmist had resolved to meditate; and this was indeed a wonder. At this point, as if lost in an ecstasy, he hurriedly closes … 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. 1. I cried out to God for help;I cried out to God to hear me. 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. Did this mean that God had forgotten his people? Selah. 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. The Story of Psalm 77. 7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. The Anchor Bible translates this: "Mine eyes are accustomed to vigils; I pace the floor and do not recline. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician.On stringed instruments. 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 … THE HISTORY OF GOD'S LOVE OF ISRAEL ENCOURAGING. God's way is always in and through the institution which he has created to establish and nourish faith. No! This is my anguish: We appreciate the honest anguishof Asaph in this psalm. Selah. "[6] This was not the only wonderful thing, however, that God had done. Psalms 77:17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Psalm 77. The six plaintive questions of Psalms 77:7-9 are eloquent expressions indeed of the doubts and fears of the psalmist. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". It was required by the gross wickedness of the vast majority of racial Israel. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused … 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. "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]. "Thou hast made known thy strength among the peoples" (Psalms 77:14). "By all this his mind was comforted, and his soul was made calm. on StudyLight.org Psalm 77 commentary 1. … 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. Psalm 77:1-20—Read the Bible online or download free. We do not know who wrote Psalm 77. 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." Even when He was incarnate, the winds and the waves obeyed him, and the sea provided a path for Him. 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Psalm 77 God’s Mighty Deeds Recalled. Psalm 77:3The Hebrew has Selah(a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15. He can send help again to the *psalmist, if the *psalmist waits. When I was in distress, I To the Chief Musician, to Jeduthun. forever, Ps. 18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. 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. 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. "Thy way is in the sanctuary" (Psalms 77:13). Saints in the olden times were very fond of falling back upon the redemption of Israel out of Egypt. The voice of thy thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lightened the world: The earth trembled and shook. The psalmist went on to mention others. 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. 3. 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. 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. Psalm 77:11, ESV: "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old." "[12], GOD'S GUIDANCE OF ISRAEL IN THE WILDERNESS. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Psalm 77:5 Verse of the Day Commentary. 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." (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 … 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. 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. 3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. o harp should be silent in the courts of the Lord's house. These were the memories of … Here the psalmist acknowledges that all of those doubts and misgivings are his own infirmity, not God's. A Psalm of Asaph. Even unto God with my voice; and he will give ear unto me. 77:9, which may imply that Ps. "God's in his heaven," all right, "But all is not well with the world." 1 God’s chosen people were dragged away to Babylon as slaves. NKJV, JPSOA). 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. Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Finding the new version too difficult to understand? A psalm. For Jeduthun. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. 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. 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. The strong suggestion here is that men cannot certainly know the purposes and intentions of Almighty God. The trouble was due to the cessation of God's blessings upon national Israel in the manner that he had once so gloriously done. 20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. 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. 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 Chronicles 25:1 and 2 Chronicles 29:30 add that Asaph was a prophet in his musical compositions. The Holy City of Jerusalem had been conquered. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. 11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Something bad had happened to him or to his people, the *Jews. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be … "Commentary on Psalms 77:4". "[3], "I call to remembrance my song in the night" (Psalms 77:6). Selah. 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." I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. THE PROBLEM OF HANDLING DOUBT IN DIFFICULT TIMES. 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. The tone of the Psalm surely changes at 77:11-20. 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. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. "This is my infirmity" (Psalms 77:10). 5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. 14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. ", "Thou holdest mine eyes watching" (Psalms 77:4). The big factor in this psalm is the problem of doubt. 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. NKJV, JPSOA). 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." 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? 1. forever, Ps. 1. 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]. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people. It was true of the ancient sanctuary for Israel, and it is true in the Church of God today. Of Asaph. What a spur to invention earthly calamities are! 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. and will he be favourable no more? Selah. 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." "And I said, This [is] my infirmity: [but I will remember] the years of the right hand of the most High." Psalm 77 vividly illustrates this point. "And thy footsteps were not known" (Psalms 77:19). Of Asaph. Psalm 76 – The Greatness of God and Man’s Proper Response. "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). All other rights reserved. Of course, God did what God had to do. 1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. It appears to us that Dummelow's analysis of this psalm is as good as any. 10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. 77:10-15 comprise a strophe (cf. I call to remembrance my song in the night: Is his lovingkindness clean gone forever? For him, the apparent gap between what he believed and what he felt was painful. It could be that this information is supplementary to that given in Exodus; and we do not rule that out as a possibility. 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. 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. Psalms 77:18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? 13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? It was no slackening of God's love for his people that brought about the traumatic experience of the exile. God let the bad thing happen, and did not give help. 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. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-77.html. 77:9, which may imply that Ps. 16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled. This article deals with four items connected with a study of Psalm 77: date, unity, exegesis, and theology of history. 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. Commentary on Psalm 77:1-10. 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. Psalm 77:11, KJV: "I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old." 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). Psalms 77:10 here is the turning point in the psalm. How would faith be educated and developed but for the demands made upon it by the trials of life? A Song. 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. 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