Initially, the focus of this reading is on the current trouble and the writer’s desire to be delivered from it. The psalmist is earnestly begging God to deliver him from his troubles. He begs and prays but his soul remains uncomforted.
But then the focus changes in verse 11. Instead of focusing on his troubles, the psalmist begins to remember all that God has done before. He consciously calls to mind the deeds of the Lord. He meditates/contemplates on God’s work and muses/deliberately ponders God’s mighty deeds. Why? It seems that as soon as we take our eyes off the size of our problems and look at the magnitude of our God, we gain a new perspective. We realize that we have nothing to fear. Our God is a mighty God who does great things and will rescue us from our troubles, just as he has in the past.
Delivering God, help me to be encouraged as I remember all you have done in the past, instead of worrying about the trouble of today. Amen. — KG