What’s on your mind lately? Personally, my mind has been full of lots of “to-dos” to check off my list. Through a series of tasks, I found myself “going through the motions.” One day, I turned to Psalm 77 and found a verse that explained exactly how I felt. Humans are not so dissimilar when it comes to experiencing emotions. Psalm 77:3 says:

 “I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.”

Perhaps you are worn out and burnt out. If—and when—you are, Remember God.

Asaph continues the rest of the chapter by asking these questions:

  1. Will the Lord cast off for ever?
  2. Will He be favorable no more?
  3. Is His mercy clean gone for ever?
  4. Doth His promise fail forevermore?
  5. Hath God forgotten to be gracious?
  6. Hath He in anger shut up His tender mercies?

I am so glad that the answer to all these questions is a resounding “ NO!”

  1. The Lord will not cast us off forever!
  2. The Lord will still be favorable to His children!
  3. His mercy will never fail!
  4. His promises are forever!
  5. God never forgets to be gracious!
  6. God does not withhold His tender mercies from us!

When you find yourself going through the motions of life, take a moment to pause and follow what Asaph exemplifies:

  1. Remember God
    1. “I will remember the works of the Lord” (verse 11).
    2. We tend to get so caught up in life that we forget that God is there, whether it is at work, church, home, or school. Let us remember that God is always present and always working in our lives.
  2. Meditate on His Works and Talk about What He’s Done
    1. “I will meditate also of all Thy work, and talk of Thy doings” (verse 12).
    2. Jack Hyles said, “Meditation is love’s nourishment.” If you want your love for God to grow, you can nourish that love by meditating on Him and His works. It also helps to tell others about what He’s done!
  3. Go to Church
    1. “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary” (verse 13a).
    2. God’s house is full of blessing and refreshment for the soul. It is the hospital for broken and hurting hearts. We are all invited to go and glean from a holy God and His holy Word.
  4. Praise Him
    1. “Who is so great a God as our God?” (verse 13b).
    2. It certainly is difficult to praise God when we are in a valley, but that is when God wants to hear us praise Him. No matter what we go through in life, God is still good. He deserves all glory, honor, and praise. 

Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. –Psalm 77:14

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Charlene Ilan, GSBC Professor

Miss Charlene Ilan and her family have been faithful members of NVBC for over a decade. She is an alumna of North Valley Baptist Schools and Golden State Baptist College and now teaches at GSBC in the English and Music Departments.