The Answer is the Trial

The Answer is the Trial

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David knew the definition of “trial” many times in his life. But he also knew, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps. 27:1

Psalm 27 is a well-known piece of Biblical poetry. I have read it again and again over the years. But a while ago, I noticed the strange arrangement of the assertions and commentary David gives. After three verses of asserting God’s power and his enemies’ certain downfall, David relays, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” Ps. 27:4-5

Later he goes on to talk about how he has sought the Lord’s face, just as God has asked him to. He also cries out to be taught by God his holy ways and petitions to not be given over to the will of his enemies.

Here’s what struck me recently though: David saw that the very trials he endured WERE THE MEANS by which he was indeed “dwelling in the house of the Lord” and “gazing upon his beauty.” Deliverance from the trials was not the answer to his request to dwell in the Lord’s house and gaze upon his beauty.  The superior person, beauty, and might of God was helping David endure the very trials he wished he could be free of. Because of the intense trials, David was pressed into God in a way times of ease could never have evoked. This is hope-giving for us. This proves that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, not “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword…” Rom. 8:35

Where is your soul looking for relief today, friend? A change of circumstance or a change of perspective that God is near to you in your trial? Cry out to Him today in faith, asserting that knowing him more deeply in the trial is worth far more than mere deliverance from it. Cast yourself upon the Rock of Christ while the storm rages, and you will know true stability. When the trial subsides, you will not merely be left with a peace like the world craves, but a peace that comes from knowing more deeply the One who has control over the storm.

“and He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.” Isaiah 33:6

Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always "Enough" for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

Comments

  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    I love the way you put this: The answer is the trial. It’s so true – and my relationship to the Lord has gone much deeper when I’m in a trial. This is so clear to me that when I look back on problems in my life, I would even wish that they never would have happened because I grew so much in my faith.

  2. I agree with your post that “the answer is the trial.” We wouldn’t appreciate the sunshine if we didn’t have the storm. I believe that trials make us stronger if we are in Jesus.

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