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.
Psalm 66 is a psalm of praise to the Lord for His goodness and deliverance. The psalm
begins with a general call to praise Him for all His good works and deeds (verses 1-7), and then in the middle of this psalm it takes a turn and describes how God had clearly tested and tried them (verses 10-12). The author, thought to be David, describes the oppression of the Egyptians and other trials the Israelites had experienced in the past. The psalm then begins to turn in verse 12 with the text “You have brought us out to a place of abundance”. Let’s focus on the trials in these verses and unpack the reasons we have trials in this life.
God’s deliverance through trials in our lives is clear and informs our faith. We are, however, tested and refined by God for many reasons. Let’s look at three reasons:
· His Glory – We celebrate His trials and deliverances by lifting His name, especially during the time of hardship. What we do while we are in a trial or waiting on the Lord matters. We can grovel and complain, or we can choose to magnify His name through it all which brings Glory to Him alone. These moments are found countless times in the Psalms and other scriptures. 1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 5:16
· Our Refining – We are a work in progress. Until we meet Him face to face, He is constantly purifying our hearts. In this Psalm we find in verse 10 that “You have tried us as silver is tried”. This isn’t a random throwing into the flames but rather a skilled, precise act carried out by a perfect, loving and holy God. Romans 5:3-4
· Our Faith – The trials in life that the Lord brings us through should be remembered just as they are in this Psalm. We must always look back to times that God was faithful and in doing that it spurs our faith in times of current trial. Psalm 77:12, Psalm 9:1
The end of this Psalm becomes a personal reflection, declaring God’s faithfulness and worshiping Him with sacrifice. It is a beautiful picture of how we are to respond in life’s trials and troubles, be they from man, through this broken world, or perhaps ordered by the Lord.
Let’s keep our eyes set on Him and His perfect ability to bring us through times of testing and may we come out on the other side closer in our relationship to Him while bringing Him Glory.
I’ll leave you with some words from one of my favorite choruses:
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace
Vero Bible Fellowship Elder Team