Once again I’ll go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts. Psalm 77:11-12 (MSG)
There have been stretches of my life in which I have recorded my prayer requests and the subsequent answers to those prayers. I have chronicled how God has provided and how He answered my prayers in everday, mundane ways as well as in the miraculous. The lists are gone now, but my memory can recall much of their content. Those examples of how God has answered prayers along with specific examples of how God has been actively present and at work in my life are an antidote to occasional attacks of doubt and hopelessness.
Psalm 77 is a "before and after" song. The first ten verses describe a person screaming out to God, wringing their hands and struggling with insomnia. Doubt, hopelessness and fear are present in overwhelming doses. The last eight verses, however, reveal this same person with renewed faith and hope. What made the difference? The whole song hinges on verses 11 and 12. The psalmist stopped and began recounting all that God had done.
When I begin convincing myself that God is deaf to my prayers, it’s time to pull out my mental list and start recounting.