When we face times of trouble, our minds often focus so much on our struggles that we fail to see life through the lens of Scripture. As a result, we often fail to grow as we should in the midst of our trials and we miss spiritual opportunities that God has ordained for us.
Meditation keeps God’s word foremost on our minds. We are then able to interpret all of life’s circumstances in light of God’s revealed truth. The psalmist established a pattern of meditating on God’s word. When he faced the challenging circumstances of life, he knew that it was God’s word that would sustain and revive him.
Even though princes sit and talk against me, your servant meditates on Your statutes.
May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; but I shall meditate on Your precepts.
My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.
I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O LORD, and comfort myself.
If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me.
I am exceedingly afflicted; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word.
Great are Your mercies, O LORD; revive me according to Your ordinances.
Are you in the midst of difficult circumstances? Get in God’s word. Study it, ponder it, and apply it to your life and circumstances. Always remember that it is God, through His word, who will revive you – even if you are “exceedingly afflicted” (v. 107).