Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tested and refined

D.A. Carson observes that one subject contemporary choruses seldom praise God for was more commonly addressed in hymns and should not be neglected. Reflecting on Psalm 66:
.... There the psalmist begins by inviting the peoples of the world to listen in on the people of God as they praise him because “he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.” Then the psalmist directly addresses God, and mentions the context in which the Lord God preserved them: “For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance” (Psalm 66:10 -12).

This is stunning. The psalmist thanks God for testing his covenant people, for refining them under the pressure of some extraordinarily difficult circumstances and for sustaining them through that experience. This is the response of perceptive, godly faith. It is not heard on the lips of those who thank God only when they escape trial or are feeling happy. .... [more]
Numbers 24; Psalms 66-67; Isaiah 14; 1 Peter 2 – For the Love of God