I know you have suffered. I know you have struggled. I know that there have been times when you felt as if The Lord was not with you. Let this Psalm be a solace to you. Let the Word be a consolation to you. Remember what He has done for you. Remember who He is and who you are in Him. Verses 1-3 read,
“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.”
David wrote this during a time of struggle and He cried out to God during that time. But he also remembered the works God had done on his behalf. During David’s prayer, The Lord strengthened his faith and gave him reassurance by bringing to mind that He always brought him through. He reminded David that his troubles are temporary. Verses 4-6 say,
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
Greif, sadness, loneliness, mourning, and anger are temporary. But joy, peace, and gladness are eternal. We suffer calamities on earth. We go through trials and tribulations while we live. The enemy attacks us throughout our lifetime. But this life is only a small part of eternity. God’s discipline is only for now. One day this earth and this heaven will be destroyed. God will make a new heaven and a new earth and we will be transformed in an instant to the perfect image of God with heavenly bodies. On that day we will be exactly who we were meant to be, whole and complete. One day we will not need to be disciplined, strengthened, or comforted. But for now, we do. Verses 7-10 read,
“By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
God makes us able. He builds our strength and our faith. There are times when we feel so capable and so strong that we depend on our own plans and our own strength instead of God. When He sees us leaning on our own abilities rather than depending on Him, He hides His face from us. He lets us try it ourselves. He uses this discipline to remind us it is not our capabilities that carry us through but Him. Sure we get the bills paid when we try it ourselves. We get by, barely. We manage. When we use our own strength we are exhausted at some point. But when we let God get us through, He does so much more than just ensure our basics and our survival. His strength is never exhausted. His love never runs out. He is eternal. His faithfulness is forever. Isaiah 40:27-31 says it this way,
“Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
Believer, when you find yourself weary from the struggle ask yourself if you are really waiting for God or if you are toiling on your own power. Repent and invite the Lord to once again be your Helper. When you let God be God to you, He is. And you get to experience those eternal joys even through the suffering.
Your suffering is temporary but joy is eternal. Eternity doesn’t start the day you die. Eternity begins the moment you die to your old self and let Jesus be your Savior. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place of clouds and castles you will go to one day after you die. It is here and now where you live and walk with God and with your brothers and sisters in Christ. It is here even in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death. Rejoice! Celebrate, even while you endure the troubles of this world. Verses 11-12 read,
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
Believer, Jesus saved you. You do not have to go through this world a mourner any longer. You have reason to rejoice. Yes, you still suffer. But when you do, look around, your brothers and sisters mourn with you. When you suffer, remember God will carry you through it. Your Redeemer will deliver you. Your Comforter will give you peace the world can’t even fathom. And He will use the suffering to make you more like Him. And so you can sing your praise, testify to the greatness of the Lord, and thank Him. You may cry for now, but you will sing His praise forever.