Psalm 27:13 “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Have you ever found yourself in a circumstance that you thought could never work out well? A difficult season can often produce hopelessness in our hearts. Proverbs says that “hope differed makes the heart sick”, and truly sometimes we find ourselves hoping for a light at the end of a tunnel, a ray of hope to break through our season of darkness. Sometimes that light doesn’t appear when we were hoping it would, and it really can produce some heart sickness.
I’m sure David could relate to this sentiment after years of running from Saul, hiding in caves so that he wouldn't lose his life to the unjust jealousy of a neurotic king. Whatever hopelessness David may have experienced, we benefit from the perspective that David was able to gain. In the midst of a dark season of his life he was able to refocus on the unchanging truth that he could completely trust in the goodness of the Lord.
We know from Hebrews that, “without faith, it is impossible to please God, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” He doesn’t expect us to trust blindly, or to conjure up an abstract faith. When we find ourselves in those places; whether uncomfortable, painful or scary, we must trust that as we cling to the knowledge of the goodness of our God He will meet us. We must believe that He will reward us.
I have gone through some tough seasons; in the middle of them I definitely questioned how the Lord’s goodness could shine through in the midst of all of the heartache, or how the reward could be worth it. However, in those times when I have chosen to believe what the Bible declares about the character of God, I had the chance to trust that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Looking back, the Lord has always been faithful to sustain me through the difficulty, and has worked things out so much better than I could have thought possible. So many times, besides the eventual resolving of my trial, the reward has been knowing God better because of them. I would never ask for a difficult season, but oh how thankful I am to know Jesus better because of the ones He has allowed me to go through.
Another Psalm says “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him.” If you find yourself in a trying season, I urge you to cling to what you know to be true about the goodness of our God; determine to hope in His goodness—I can guarantee that you will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.