Four Reasons Why You Can Rejoice When You are In Trouble: Part I
Scripture: Psalm 31:7-8
©2015 Frieda P. Smith
All of us face constant change, and as we go through transition, especially painful and trying transition, it is our human nature, our tendency to often wonder where God is and why He does not seem to be doing anything about our situation.
Someone reading this message today has had petitions before God for years, and it appears God has not been paying attention. Since He has not moved yet, your situation has graduated—in your eyes—from a minor issue to a real trouble. You have made your way to the altar during the altar call week after week, asking God to do something, but nothing has happened yet. Your problems have worsened, and you are still in trouble.
But there is a word of encouragement for you! There are four reasons why you can rejoice when you are in trouble, and they are found in the 7th and 8th verses of Psalm 31. I will share them in four separate blog posts.
Psalm 31:7 reads, “I will rejoice and be glad in your mercy.”
Notice if you will that even though David was in trouble, he made a decision that he would rejoice. It did not matter if anyone else was rejoicing with him. It did not matter if he anything to rejoice about. David decided he would rejoice and be glad!
Now, this is interesting, because the reality of the matter is, when we read the verses that sandwich verses 1 and 14 of Psalm 31, we see that David was in serious trouble.
In verse 4, David cries out to God, “Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,”… David says, “Pull me out, God,” which means that he was already in the net and could not get himself out! His adversaries had already succeeded in their plot!! David was already in trouble.
Then, read verse 9, “Have mercy on me, O lord, for I am in trouble, (10) my life is spent in grief,” and according to the remainder of verse 10, David in essence declared, “It is all my fault,” for David admits, “my strength fails because of my iniquity.” David was in trouble, and it was his own fault!
Yet, in the midst of his trouble, David decided he would still rejoice!
My friends, when we are in trouble, much of our focus is spent on getting ourselves out of trouble. Many of us do not begin rejoicing until we have a testimony after we have been delivered.
But I believe that God led me to this 31st Psalm today because God wants us to be like David! For even though David was already in the net and he had additional trouble brought on by his own iniquity, David still declared, literally in the midst of it all, “I will rejoice…”
In other words, David was saying, “Yes, my adversaries got the best of me this time, but I’m still going to rejoice! Yes, I’m in trouble, but it’s not going to shut down my praise! Yes, I messed up again, but I’m still going to rejoice!”
My friends, if you are caught in a net, do not permit the actions of your adversaries to stop your praise! Be like David and declare, “I will rejoice!” Even if what you are going through is your fault—which some of it probably is—do not allow your guilt and shame to water down your praise! God is still worthy!
Be like David and declare, “I will rejoice!” Tell those who have already gathered for your pity party, “The party has been cancelled! I changed my mind! I am not going out like that! You can still have the party, but you can’t have it here, because I have decided that I will rejoice!”
Okay…the praise break is over. I’m back. As we return to the text, David reminds us of the four reasons why we can rejoice when we are in trouble. Psalm 31:7 reads, “I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy…”
Now, as we look again at verse 9, David alludes to the fact that part of his trouble was self-inflicted, in other words, he acknowledged that he brought part of his trouble on himself. Verse 4 says that there were some people who cast a net, but verse 9 says his strength was gone because of his own iniquity.
The Hebrew word for iniquity is the word “perverse;” being perverse is the next level of sin. If someone is guilty of iniquity, it means they graduated from just sinning; their actions are now deliberate and wicked.
When the word iniquity is used, we are not referring to innocent “I-was-just-minding-my-own-business-and-found-myself-in-the-backseat-of-the-car” sinning. Oh no, someone guilty of iniquity had all intentions of sinning.
For instance, when David saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof, he had all intentions of sleeping with her. Likewise, there have been times that we have been in trouble because we had all intentions of sinning (come on saints, let’s keep it real!).
And therefore, like David, we were deserving of the justice of God. However, God had mercy on David, and God is showing mercy to you and I right now! He is showing mercy to us right now, because there were some people we dated who could have killed us or dragged us down, but His mercy kept us.
And it is for this reason that even in the midst of your trouble that you can still rejoice, because your trouble does not change Who God is! We can still rejoice in the midst of our trouble, because our trouble and behavior does not change Who God is!
We serve a merciful God Therefore, in the midst of your trouble, you can still rejoice in the Lord!
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