For centuries, people have turned to the book of Psalms to give them words to pray, as well as permission to pray boldly and honestly about all kinds of things: fear, pain, confusion, anger, enemies, guilt, and a need for guidance, as well as joy, gratitude, hope, and faith. More importantly, Jesus prayed the Psalms, and quoted them more often than any other Old Testament book. This summer, join us as we explore some Psalms in depth and seek to embed them in our hearts, minds, and souls.
Read Psalm 119:65-72
Do good to your servant
according to your word, Lord.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I trust your commands.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word.
You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.
Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.
The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
Here the writer reflects on some difficult times in his life. Twice he says that he was afflicted. But notice what he says near the end of this passage: "It was good for me to be afflicted." Think about the good he says came about as a result of his affliction.
As you look back on your life, are there times when you've been afflicted? Can you see any good that came about through those experiences? How might that help you the next time you're facing a difficult situation? Ask God's help in remembering this truth the next time the going gets rough.