1 I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. 2 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. 3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah – Psalm 77:1-3 (ESV)
Selah. The Hebrew word means pause, reflect. Think about what you just read. Let it marinate in your soul for awhile. Mull over what the writer is saying.
When we pray, it is easy to unhinge our jaws and just start yacking at God. But, when you get down to it, most of our prayer time should be spent in silent stillness. We should be seeking God, pondering His Word, listening for The Lord. Selah.
The psalmist is clearly greatly troubled. But notice how he begins this song to The Lord. The first thing he does is declares his faith. He refuses to take comfort from any external source. He just wants God. Selah.
God is greater than any situation, any fear, any doubt, any illness. God can – and will – forgive any sin, if we but ask. But, rest assured, in times of trouble, God is greater. We will at some point in our lives face tragedy, uncertainty, pain, sorrow, disappointment… But, God is greater. God can – and will – use any and every situation to His glory. These discomforts are all temporary, as all this life is. But God… He is eternal. He is great and greatly to be praised! And He loves you, His child, more than you can imagine. Just have faith, and praise Him always no matter what.