The title of this Psalm is ’Praise God for His awesome works”, David continues to remind us in this Psalm of all the good things that God has done and we are also reminded to be thankful to the Lord for the blessings that we receive from Him. In Verses 10,11 & 12 David praises the Lord for the testing times that he had to endure and he is glad for those times of testing.  Verse 10 says: “For you, Oh God, has proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined “.  Here David is thankful for the ‘Heat’ he has experienced for silver is only refined when high heat is applied to it. I think that when we feel the heat being applied we cry out to God to take it away, not understanding the purpose of that heat. For silver to have its impurities removed heat must be applied for that to happen. May we have the foresight of David and accept the discipline of the Lord in our lives because this is the only way that we can grow in the Lord. James 1:2-4 says: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces Patience, but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect (Mature) and complete, lacking nothing “. 2 Peter 3:18a says: “ But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ “. Also 2 Peter 1:5-8 says: “But for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to for faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ “. Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are to grow in our relationship with our Lord. In the natural, children must grow up to be good adults; if this is true in the natural how much more in the Spiritual? Unfortunately, this is something that I have observed over the years some Christians stay children all their lives. In the verse, David is very graphic about the hardship that he had experienced, but he was thankful to God because of the Godly character he had developed through those testing times. This is a great challenge to us the Lord wants us to grow strong so that we can help others when they are being tested. There is nothing more comforting than that someone you trust can encourage you when you are being tested by saying that being refined is for our good and that we will come out of the testing victorious. I am so glad that when we are tested the Lord gives us the strength to live a victorious life.

                       

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