I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed (Psalm 77:3).

I am amazed at how many difficulties so many people face in this short life. Imagine soldiers showing up at your house suddenly and taking your entire family away, separating you, and never seeing them again, as happened to many during WWII with the concentration camps. Some of you have been through much difficulty and sorrow. Some might have been caused by personal sin, while some of much of the pain might have been caused through the sins of others. I feel bad when I lose my temper or do not think before I say something and end up hurting someone’s feelings, but I get a little angry when I see innocent people getting hurt by others. This seems to happen often by way of alcohol, abuse, drugs, lust, and sin in general. I feel sad when I hear stories of children who parents do not care about them, or of people who have been deeply hurt by the sins of a spouse or other family member. Sometimes, the pain, as with Job, is not due to any apparent reason, like with the death of a child to cancer or some other disease.

When things hurt due to our own sin, we can recognize our own foolishness and get back to God. However, when we hurt because of the sins of others (as happened to Godly people like Corrie ten Boom and many, many others), we might feel like Asaph did when he wrote Psalm 77:3. We know that God is in control. We believe that He cares, but we hurt and we do not understand. I do not suppose there is any easy answer to take away the pain, but it might help to know that God does care and understand. He does see, and when His children are hurt by the sins of others, it makes Him sad and He will make things right. You do not want to stand before God knowing that you have hurt one of God’s children and have not repented.

Asaph reflected more on the ways of God. He did not doubt God’s love or power, but simply did not seem to understand. However, in the same was as God answered Job in the end of Job’s book, Asaph seemed to conclude that even though he did not understand everything that had happened, He would pour out his heart to his Father, continue to trust Him, and know that God did indeed care and understand.

Asaph concluded:

The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, and Your footsteps were not known.
You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron (Psalm 77:18-20).

Asaph realized that God was there through it all. Asaph just had not realized it at the time. Asaph still might not understand, but he found comfort in knowing that God had not left Him, but God was there all the time. There is a song called “He Was There All the Time.” While some of the words might not apply to everyone’s specific circumstances, the general idea does, I think. One version can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49NLbpao2yk