I’ve really enjoyed reading psalms over the last few months – no doubt helped by Alec Motyer’s excellent book on the autobiographical psalms of David, Treasures of the King.  The psalms are full of reality, so many lines with which I can identify and truth I am thankful to be reminded of.  This is life as I am experiencing it and truth I am keen to hold on to.  “He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble,” ps 27:5.  “The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble,” ps 9:9.

Even as I write this I am reminded of what I read this morning.  “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again,” ps 71:20.  Similar promises resound around these precious pages.

God seems to delight in doing this sort of thing.  “You O LORD are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head,” ps 3:3.  Because beyond the day of trouble, beyond the need for refuge, we will be with him and worship him forever.  “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing, you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.  O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever,” ps 30:11-12.

It’s a promise that the day of trouble will come to an end.  We will know the joy of God again in this life, and for eternity.  Just how cool is that?