During the last week of December, newscasters often look back at the significant events of the past year—the triumphs and failures of prominent people, natural disasters, economic challenges, and the deaths of celebrities and leaders. The most surprising events usually receive top billing. If you reviewed the past year of your life, what would appear on the list? Has an unexpected event caused you to question God or to more deeply experience His goodness? Psalm 77 chronicles the lament of a person in distress who felt as if God no longer cared (vv.7-9). “Hath His mercy ceased forever? Hath His promise failed forevermore?” (v.8). Yet, even in anguish, the psalmist said, “I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Thy wonders of old” (v.11). The result was a renewal of trust and hope: “You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples” (v.14). As you think back over this past year, why not write down the significant events in your life. Don’t be afraid to include your difficulties and disappointments, but remember to consider all the ways God has been with you. During every difficulty, we can always find the faithfulness of God.
When we look back and contemplate
We’ll praise You, Lord, for all You’ve done—
Your faithfulness is clear. —Sper
to experience the faithfulness of God.