I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. 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. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I consider the days of old, the years long ago. I said,[a] “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search: “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah -Psalm 77:1-9 ESV
If you are a warrior for God, then you understand these verses. You have lived these verses. If you cannot empathize with these words, then you probably are NOT living big for God and you are NOT living your life different from the world. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. (John 15:18-21)
Leader, about these verses, bible-studys.org says the following: Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. 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. Those that are under trouble of mind, must pray it away. He pondered upon the trouble; the methods that should have relieved him increased his grief. When he remembered God, it was only the Divine justice and wrath. His spirit was overwhelmed and sank under the load. But let not the remembrance of the comforts we have lost, make us unthankful for those that are left. Particularly he called to remembrance the comforts with which he supported himself in former sorrows. Here is the language of a sorrowful, deserted soul, walking in darkness. A common case even among those that fear the Lord (Isa. 50:10). Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought of God’s being angry. God’s own people, in a cloudy and dark day, may be tempted to make wrong conclusions about their spiritual state, and that of God’s kingdom in the world. But we must not give way to such fears. Let faith answer them from the Scripture. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again; and the recollection of former times of joyful experience often raises a hope, tending to relief. Doubts and fears proceed from the want and weakness of faith. Despondency and distrust under affliction, are too often the infirmities of believers. And, as such, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. When, unbelief is working in us, we must thus suppress its risings.
Conduit, in tough times we must REMEMBER the right things. In times of waning faith, we must remember 2 things; 1- what God has done in the past; UP UNTIL NOW and 2- WHO GOD IS; His place in the universe and our place under HIS MIGHTY HAND. To Remember is to put something back together. When we were kids each time, we put ‘Mr. Potato head’ back together, we remembered HIM! In tough times we must remember Who God is; His power, His Authority, and His promises. We find this DAILY BREAD, this FOOD for the daily fight- IN HIS WORD. We must remember, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) For every struggle, for every doubt, for every moment we are to believe what God says, especially when it flies in the face of what we feel, or the world tells us. Remember; without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) Remember: HIS WORD, HIS PROMISES and WHO HE IS!