Suffering
However God has dealt with us, he has dealt with us better than we deserve; and all in love, and for our good. -Matthew Henry-
Psalm 119:65-80
Do good to your servant
according to your word, LORD.
66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.73 Your hands made me and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.
80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,
that I may not be put to shame.
What do you think of this? What do you think when someone else is suffering? What do you think the world thinks when someone else is suffering? Sometimes it seems they enjoy the sufferings of others because it somehow makes their own existence even better. I was talking with someone about the many years of athletic competiton in thrie life and he told me about the time he tackled a future NFL QB in college. He sacked him for a loss. He said when he would see him publicly after that he always knew that ONE TIME he got the best of him, even if the guy made 10 million dollars that year in the NFL. He laughed about it but many are serious. Some people in society seem to take delight in the suffering of the mighty, rich and powerful and famous. While others just seem to think “better them than me” Remember the scripture where the question was asked “who sinned this man or his parents? John 9: 1-5 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
What do you think when you are suffering?
However God has dealt with us, he has dealt with us better than we deserve; and all in love, and for our good. Many have knowledge, but little judgment; those who have both, are fortified against the snares of Satan, and furnished for the service of God. We are most apt to wander from God, when we are easy in the world. We should leave our concerns to the disposal of God, seeing we know not what is good for us. Lord, thou art our bountiful Benefactor; incline our hearts to faith and
The psalmist will go on in his duty with constancy and resolution. The proud are full of the world, and its wealth and pleasures; these make them senseless, secure, and stupid. These comments I am now making come from Matthew Henry. Matthew Henry was born in 1662 and died in 1714. He started writing his commentary of the Bible in 1704 at the age of 42. He completed Genesis through Acts before he succumbed to a stroke. But how appropriate is his comment incirca 1704 “it makes them senseless, secure and stupid” for today’s society. He goes on to say God visits his people with affliction, that they may learn his statutes. Not only God's promises, but even his law, his percepts, though hard to ungodly men, are desirable, and profitable, because they lead us with safety and delight unto eternal life.
God made us to serve him, and enjoy him; but by sin we have made ourselves unfit to serve him, and to enjoy him.
We ought, therefore, continually to beseech him, by his Holy Spirit, to give us understanding.
The comforts some have in God, should be matter of joy to others. But it is easy to own, that God's judgments are right, until it comes to be our own case.
All supports under affliction must come from mercy and compassion.
The mercies of God are tender mercies; the mercies of a father, the compassion of a mother to her son. They come to us when we are not able to go to them.
God cares about us when we are suffering and uses it to teach us.
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