Our study with Psalm 77 entitled “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord” is available here.
This Psalm gives us comfort in knowing that in the day of our trouble when we seek the Lord, He will be found, by those who are given the faith and power to endure through the fiery trials that purify that faith (Jer 29:13 , Heb 11:6 , 1Pe 1:7).
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him.
1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
We are called to endure seeing Him who is invisible, as we wrestle against invisible powers and principalities that the Lord alone gives us power to tear down like lightning from heaven (Heb 11:27, Eph 6:12 , Job 23:8-10 , Luk 10:18).
Heb 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Job 23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
Job 23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
We discover that He is found by those who are blessed in this age to be dragged to Christ by our Father (Joh 6:44), later typified at the end of the Psalm with verse 20 which reads “Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron”
Without His peace that passes all understanding and the long-suffering spirit that He is maturing within His kind of first fruits we would not be able to persevere and go unto maturity as His sons and daughters (Jas 5:7).
Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
We are therefore admonished to be patient as we stablish our hearts and look at the examples of suffering affliction, and of patience in the old covenant. These types and shadows point to Christ and His Christ telling us what we must learn to confidently and with a still spirit learn to endure (Jas 5:8-10 , Joh 15:20).
Jas 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Jas 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.