Asaph feels abandoned by the LORD. So he spends the night in prayer, remembering God’s miracles and the greatness of God.
For the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm by Asaph.
VERSE 1. My cry goes to God! Indeed, I cry to God for help, and for him to listen to me.
I cry to God for help. Apparently Asaph was in a state of turmoil.
VERSE 2. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night, and didn’t get tired. My soul refused to be comforted.
My hand was stretched out in the night. Asaph prayed through the night. Some Christians call that a “prayer vigil.” Have you ever prayed through the night all the way to the next day?
VERSE 3. I remember God, and I groan. I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Selah.
VERSE 4. You hold my eyelids open. I am so troubled that I can’t speak.
You hold my eyelids open. Asaph feels it was God who kept him awake all night.
VERSE 5. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
I have considered the days of old. If you find yourself lost in the woods, it helps to retrace your steps. Similarly, if you feel your relationship with God has devolved, it helps to remember how it was in the best of days.
VERSE 6. I remember my song in the night. I consider in my own heart; my spirit diligently inquires:
VERSE 7. “Will the Lord reject us forever? Will he be favorable no more?
Will the Lord reject us forever. Asaph is perplexed because he feels abandoned by the Lord.
VERSE 8. Has his loving kindness vanished forever? Does his promise fail for generations?
VERSE 9. Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he, in anger, withheld his compassion?” Selah.
right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.
VERSE 11. I will remember the LORD’s deeds; for I will remember your wonders of old.
I will remember the LORD’s deeds. For Asaph, this is the solution. He will remember.
your wonders of old. Asaph will remember the miracles God had performed in the past.
VERSE 12. I will also meditate on all your work, and consider your doings.
VERSE 13. Your way, God, is in the sanctuary. What god is great like God?
What god is great like God. Asaph remembers the sheer greatness of God.
VERSE 14. You are the God who does wonders. You have made your strength known among the peoples.
VERSE 15. You have redeemed your people with your arm, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
VERSE 16. The waters saw you, God. The waters saw you, and they writhed. The depths also convulsed.
The waters saw you. When God redeemed his people from Egypt, the Red Sea parted.
VERSE 17. The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.
VERSE 18. The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind. The lightnings lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook.
VERSE 19. Your way was through the sea; your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.
VERSE 20. You led your people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
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