The Psalms make us uncomfortable because they don’t let us deny – either the depth of our pain or the possibility of its transformation into praise. We commit ourselves to being changed by the Psalms, allowing the words to work on us, and sometimes to work us over. The Psalms are unrelenting in their realism. They ask us to consider our true situation and to pray over it. They ask us to be honest about ourselves.
(Kathleen Norris from Cloister Walk, p. 104)
This week we will look at some of the Psalms that point to the redemptive work of God in Christ. I love this quote from Kathleen Norris. it points to the transforming power of the Psalms. Read Psalm 77 today and notice the contrast of the first 10 verses and the last 10.
I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
The result is remembering the Exodus and God carrying His people though His footprints were not seen. (v. 19) That’s being transformed in the midst of pain and doubt!