I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah 4 You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I consider the days of old, the years long ago. 6 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search: 7 “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? 8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah 10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.” 11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. 15 You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 16 When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled. 17 The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side. 18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. 20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron (Psalms 77:1-20 ESV).
There are four possible Main Point Summaries here, based on the largest arc:
Action-Manner: I cry out and seek God by meditating on the Lord’s past faithfulness to his people.
Result-Action: I meditated on the Lord’s past faithfulness to his people, and as a result I cry out ceaselessly to him in my trouble.
Ground: I cry out ceaselessly to the Lord because I meditated on his past faithfulness to his people, as evidenced by his redemption.
Idea-Explanation I cried out to God, wrestled with God in my struggles, and meditated on his past works of redemption.
The chosen summary could then be altered to become the application for a sermon, like this: “Cry out to God, wrestle with God in your struggles, and meditate on his past works of redemption.”