by Wayne S. Walker
"I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed" (Psalm 77:3). Psalm 77 is identified as a Psalm of Asaph and is dedicated "To the Chief Musician" and "To Jeduthun." Jeduthun was a Levite who, with Heman and others, was set over the service of praise in the tabernacle (1 Chronicles 25:1-3). Either he served as the Chief Musician or else the Psalm had a double dedication. The Pictorial Bible Dictionary says, "Psalm 39 by David is dedicated to Jeduthun and Psalms 62 and 77 are ‘after the manner of Jeduthun.’" I do not know enough Hebrew to know if there is any difference, but in the English the wording is exactly the same.
Whatever the circumstances surrounding the writing of this Psalm were, Asaph "remembered God, and was troubled." There are many times in our lives when we may have to make a special effort to remember God. We must remember God in temptation and pray, as Jesus taught His disciples to pray, "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one" (Matthew 6:13). Also, we should remember God in trials, "knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience" and then ask God for wisdom in dealing with our trials (James 1:2-5).
In addition, we ought to remember God in sorrow, because we are promised, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). Furtheremore, we can remember God in sickness. "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray….And the prayer of faith will save the sick…" (James 5:13-15). Finally we need to remember God in our sin, as He tells us, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). These are some situations in which it is especially important to remember God.