77:5 I thought about the former days. The verb translated “thought” means to “ponder” (see 73:16 NASB), in this case the former days of God’s miraculous works (77:10–12).
the years of long ago. See Deuteronomy 32:7.
Ver. 5.—I have considered; rather, I considered. In my perplexity, when I could no longer speak, I betook myself to meditation. I considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. He called to mind, i.e., God’s doings in the past (comp. vers. 14–19).
5. I have recounted the days of old. There is no doubt that he endeavoured to assuage his grief by the remembrance of his former joy; but he informs us that relief was not so easily nor so speedily obtained. By the days of old, and the years of ancient times, he seems not only to refer to the brief course of his own life, but to comprehend many ages. The people of God, in their afflictions, ought, undoubtedly, to set before their eyes, and to call to their remembrance, not only the Divine blessings which they have individually experienced, but also all the blessings which God in every age has bestowed upon his Church. It may, however, be easily gathered from the text, that when the prophet reckoned up in his own mind the mercies which God had bestowed in time past, he began with his own experience.
Ver. 5. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.—Lessons drawn from Scripture history:—
From the history of the Bible we may learn much concerning—
- The character of God.
- His wisdom.
- His power.
- His holiness and justice.
- His goodness.
- His faithfulness to His promises.
- His unchangeableness.
- The value of the blessings of redemption.
- The greatness of the preparations made to obtain it.
- The greatness of the sacrifice made to purchase it.
- The greatness of the means used to proclaim it.
III. The condition, character, and fate of man.
- In his natural state.
- As redeemed.
(1) The way of salvation.
(2) The failings of the people of God.
(3) The sorrows and fears of the godly.
(4) The Christian’s reward. (W. Dickson.)