Praise God for Testing Us

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Reading the Word

Psalm 66:6–12 (ESV)

6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, 7 who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah8 Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, 9 who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. 10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. 11 You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 12 you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

Understanding and Applying the Word

This psalm begins with a call to praise God for who He is and all he He has done. In verse 6 we get an specific example of what God has done: He has delivered His people from Egypt by bringing them through the sea on dry land. Let the people praise Him!

That is wonderful, but verses 10-12 give other reasons to praise God. We should praise Him because he has “tested us” and “tried us as silver”. As we continue to read we find that God has “brought us into the net” and “laid a crushing burden on our backs”. He has “let men ride over our heads” and taken us through fire and water. How is this worthy of praise?

The words of Psalm 66:10-12 reflect the same thought as James 1:2-4:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

God, in His sovereignty, brings things into our lives, even difficult things, for our good. He uses these experiences to help us grow to Christian maturity and learn to trust and depend on Him more and more. If we look back on our lives, it is most likely true that our greatest times of spiritual growth have come not in the times of ease, but in the times of hardship and difficulty. So, in the words of James and Psalm 66, we can count these times as joy and give praise to God for them!

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Kingship Belongs to the Lord


Reading the Word

Psalm 22:27–31 (ESV)

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. 30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; 31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Now, David gives his highest praise to the Lord. Because of God’s deliverance and salvation, all will worship before him. Kingship belongs to the Lord! He is King of kings and Lord of lords!

In verse 29 we are told that even the “prosperous” of the earth will worship. The literal Hebrew reads “all of the fat ones”, which speaks of those who have been self-sufficient because of their many possessions. Even they will worship the Lord as King.

One day soon all will bow down before God and worship him as King. And as they worship, they will know and proclaim that he is righteous and that he has “done it”. The Lord has conquered evil and delivered his people through the cross at Calvary. Let the world rejoice and give him the praise he is worthy of!

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Fiery Trials

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Reading the Word

1 Peter 4:12–19 (ESV)

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Understanding the Word

Peter tells his readers not to think of “fiery trials” as a strange thing for Christians. Think of them as normal. After all, that is what Jesus Christ endured. Why should his followers be any different?

Christians have been saved from God’s coming wrath and judgment. Therefore, we can endure the trials we face now without shame and while continuing to do good.

Applying the Word

Mistakenly, many believe that when a person becomes a Christian, it removes all hardship from their lives. They believe the Bible teaches that God blesses with health, wealth, and prosperity if the Christian will just have enough faith and live in the right way.

The Bible does not teach a prosperity gospel. It teaches us that Jesus Christ suffered in this world as the righteous servant of God and that his followers will face similar suffering. Instead of seeking our own prosperity and comfort, we should seek the honor and glory of the one who has saved us for eternal joy in His presence.

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