If you have read Jumpstart over the past week, you will remember that we have read quite a bit about suffering and lament. We have asked ourselves questions like:
- What verse/chapter of scripture do I run to in the midst of adversity? (June 9)
- Where do I find myself going in the middle of suffering? (June 12)
- When is a time that I truly worshiped God in suffering or lamentation? (June 13)
In Psalm 57, we again find David lamenting over his circumstances. Because Saul wants to kill him, David has fled from Saul and is now hiding in a cave. He cries out to the Lord for help because of his enemies. He is weary. However, in the midst of terrible circumstances, David’s mind turns elsewhere.
He twice makes the request for God’s glory to “shine over all the earth” (v. 5,11).
That is not often where my mind goes in suffering, but David realizes that the Lord “will fulfill his purpose for [him]” (v. 2). The Psalms show us that there is certainly a time to lament over our suffering, but they also encourage us to look for ways that God has used our suffering to “fulfill his purpose.” His purpose is always predominantly his glory. We can “consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18, ESV).
When we know that the end result is God’s glory, our hearts can be confident in God and ready to sing his praises (v.7) even in the midst of suffering. We can pray like David in verse 11:
“Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.”
When is a time that you have seen God use your suffering for his glory? Comment below!
By: Lucas Taylor — Worship Ministries Intern