What One Realizes When Afflicted
July 27, 2008
INTRODUCTION: There is a double emphasis in this passage. One speaks of the Lord's character as displayed in truth, and the other to the Psalmist's testimony in his affliction.
Concerning the Lord, the emphasis in this psalm is on what is good in the life of the believer. The Hebrew word tob is used six times in these eight verses and can be translated good, pleasant, beneficial, precious, delightful, and right. God does what is good because God is good and because what He does is "according to His word," and His word is good (v.39). Neither His character nor His word will ever change, so, "God is good all the time."
The Psalmist, on the other hand, is surrounded by enemies that are trying to make his life miserable; his life is anything but pleasant.
John Phillips, "The constant gnawing of adverse circumstances can wear down even the most committed believer. Yet, as the constant washing of the waters smoothes the pebbles and the constant wearing of the sand rounds the ragged edges of even the roughest rocks, so the unremitting adversities of the psalmist were doing their work of polishing and refining his soul."
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF AFFLICTION. 65
A. AFFLICTION IN THE LIFE OF HIS SERVANT.
"You have dealt well with Your servant"
Even when things go wrong, all is well.
Genesis 50:20, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive."
Consider the "work of affliction"
1. Joseph was afflicted, he preserved a posterity for a nation
2. Hannah was afflicted, she was exalted in the Lord and gave birth to Samuel, judge and prophet
3. Job was afflicted, the Lord gave him "twice as much as he had before."
4. Paul was afflicted, his "strength was made perfect in weakness."
5. Lord Jesus Christ was afflicted, we have life, purchased by His suffering and His resurrecti ...
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