Four Reasons Why You Can Rejoice When You are In Trouble: Part III
Scripture: Psalm 31:7-8
©2015 Frieda P. Smith
As we look at the third reason why we can rejoice when we are in trouble (for those of you who missed the first and reasons, you will have to go back and read Part I and Part II), read David’s prayer to God in Psalm 31 verse 7, “you have known my soul in adversities. ”
In order to bring a little clarity David’s statement, the Hebrew word for know or known means “to see; to be acquainted with,” and the Hebrew translation for the word soul in the context of this verse means, “nobility, or reputation.”
David was able to rejoice in the midst of his adversity because God was acquainted with David’s good reputation in the midst of adversity.
The question on the floor today is this: What kind of reputation do you have with God in the time of trouble?
Can we keep it real? There are some people whose reputations (souls) get a little shaky in the time of trouble. There are those who can handle anything as long as things are going well, but the minute something goes wrong, their entire world shatters (I hope I am not talking about you).
As a pastor of a church, I see it all the time. I can always tell when certain members of our church are “going through” something in their personal lives. They disappear from church services or suddenly begin to call in on our early-morning prayer line in desperation.
Yes, we all handle adversity differently; it depends on where we are on our spiritual journey. There are those of us who are spiritually stronger than other Christians are; Jesus addressed this issue in His parable of the sower (recorded in Matt 13:1-23).
Nevertheless, as believers we should all be able to maintain a positive reputation with God in the midst of trouble. As the Apostle Paul wrote, we must “Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4:4). Always means exactly what it implies. ALWAYS!
David was able to rejoice and be glad in the midst of his adversities, because David was aware that God knew his soul or reputation in the time of adversity. David had a reputation for still trusting in God, and David knew that God knew it!
David still believed in God. David still waited on God. David still worshiped God, and David knew that God knew it!
Likewise, my friends, regardless of what you may be going through right now, maintain a reputation for trusting, believing, worshiping, praising, hoping, and following God and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
People wonder how I can continue to rejoice in the midst of all of the adversity I have been going through, but it has been easy!
I can rejoice and be glad because I know that God knows my reputation in the time of adversity and in due season He will reward me for my faithfulness!
He knows that regardless of what is going on in my life, I am still going to give Him praise and glory!
He knows there will be no pity parties over here—no one has time for that!
God knows my reputation in adversity, so I can rejoice and be glad!
The good news I am trying to share with you is that if you maintain a good reputation with God in the midst of your adversity, God knows it, He sees it, and He will reward you for it!
Rejoice and be glad!
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