He was so distressed he couldn't sleep.
Looking through his bedroom window we'd have seen him groaning, tears running down his face, too grieved to speak, his arms outstretched for hours.
He was so low he felt God had rejected him.
Then he took his thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) by reminding himself:
1. God is Holy and Great (Psalm 77:13).
2. He's miraculous and powerful (14).
3. He redeems men and women (15).
4. He's in control of nature and everything else (16-18).
5. He guides His people visibly and invisibly (19-20).
Pondering God's character is a good way to get our minds back on track when we're distressed. And the last point is so important: God's solutions may surprise us:
Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77:19-20
For the whole story of Asaph's stressful night and wise solution, see Psalm 77.
For a short Bible study on this devotion and the Biblical meaning of peace, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.