The Field Trip of Trials

  • July 07, 2019
Sunday 07

Psalm 119:65-72

When we were still children in school, most of us preferred field trips to sitting still and listening to classroom lectures. However, believers would probably all prefer to learn our lessons from the textbook of God’s Word rather than on a field trip of trials. But the truth is that there are some things we learn best through experience.

Although trials are not always the result of sin, they do play a big corrective role in our lives. The heavenly Father may use them to draw our attention to sins we have tolerated, overlooked, or accepted as normal. These could be habits, attitudes, activities, or anything else that is not God’s absolute best for His child. No matter how trivial we may think it is, no sin should have a place in a believer’s life.

At other times, the Lord may be showing us we need to release something that’s not necessarily sinful but nevertheless is preventing us from reaching our God-given potential—perhaps a relationship, our goals and ambitions, a job, or a home. It could be a reminder to prioritize Him over our desires so that we might know and love Him more.

If we never had any troubles, we’d continue in what’s comfortable, easy, and enjoyable but would end up missing God’s best for our life. That’s why the psalmist said, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes” (Psalm 119:71). Any hardship that drives us to God and His Word is good for us. That’s because what we gain in knowing the Lord is worth so much more than all the wealth, power, and fame the world could offer us.

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65 You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.

66 Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

68 You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me; With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

70 Their heart is covered with fat, But I delight in Your law.

71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

72 The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

1 I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness.

7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

9 The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.

10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You.

11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power;

12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14 The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time.

16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds.

18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.

20 The LORD keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!

2 I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.

5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;

7 Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free.

8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous;

9 The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

10 The LORD will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.

2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel.

3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.

5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

6 The LORD supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.

7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre,

8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry.

10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.

11 The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.

12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!

13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you.

14 He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.

15 He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.

16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.

17 He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold?

18 He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.

19 He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.

20 He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!

2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!

3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light!

4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.

6 He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps;

8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

9 Mountains and all hills; Fruit trees and all cedars;

10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged fowl;

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;

12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.

14 And He has lifted up a horn for His people, Praise for all His godly ones; Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.

2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.

3 Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.

4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds.

6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,

7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples,

8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron,

9 To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse.

2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre.

4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.

5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

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