When you face adversity in your life it can often feel like your world is turned upside down, and you may even struggle to see any way through the time of testing. You’re not alone, in fact, you’re surrounded by people who likely feel the same way. In this Psalm David is now praising God for his triumph over adversity, which he compares to salvation from the grave. We know that David lived a life filled with ups and downs, huge triumphs and tragic failures. God did not always answer David’s prayers in just the way David imagined, nor does God answer our prayers exactly as we ask. What David came to acknowledge through his adversity was that God knows better than we do, and has a much bigger perspective than ours, and so we can place our trust in him. David learned and thanked God for the times when he was tested and formed, sometimes painfully, into the man God wanted. God can use our human failure to teach us and woo us to him, and he is consistently chiseling away at us, shaping us into the likeness of his Son Jesus.
I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.”
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.