NEVER FORGET

Psalm 77

2020 is nearly over! Autumn is upon us. What’s next? A pandemic that still threatens people across the globe. An over-active hurricane season in the Gulf and the Atlantic. A wildfire season unlike any the west has seen in decades. Racial tension, calls for a more equitable justice system, and a presidential election season unlike any in recent memory.

            Some seasons are summarized by music. The civil rights movement had a song – We Shall Overcome. Presidential elections had theme songs – FDR’s Happy Days are Here Again; Ross Perot’s theme song was Crazy made famous by Patsy Cline; Michael Dukakis used America as performed by Neil Diamond.[1]

            Psalm 77 may have been composed as a response to some national calamity in Israel. Whatever the event we can relate to the question –“I tried to make sense of what was happening. I asked, “Will the Lord reject me forever? Will he never again show me his favor? Has his loyal love disappeared forever? Has his promise failed forever?” (Psalm 77:6–8, NET)

            As the psalmist sang through the challenges he or she remembers “You are the God who does amazing things; you have revealed your strength among the nations. You delivered your people by your strength— the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)” (Psalm 77:14–15, NET)

            What’s next? No one can clearly predict the future. No matter what comes, we can rely on this: God does amazing things. God can deliver. God is incomparable.


[1] Murse, Tom. “The Best and Worst Campaign Songs By Presidential Candidate.” ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/list-of-presidential-campaign-songs-3367523 (accessed September 21, 2020).

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