August 4: Psalm 66

Today’s reading.

“For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance” (66:10-12).

No doubt, we have all felt this way before. The psalms are full of prayers to God crying out in the midst of hardship or injustice. Yet, if we feel like we’re in the midst of verse 10 (“you… have tested us; you have tried us”), but know we should respond like verse 1 (“shout for joy to God”), we can fall into feeling powerless, futile or depressed. We can’t get to verse 1 from verse 10 apart from Jesus.

Jesus gets us where we need to go.

We may feel our burden is crushing, but it will never compare to the weight of the cross. We may feel our enemies—or merely circumstance—are riding on our heads, but we’ll never feel the sting of defeat as Jesus did when his enemies mocked and spat on him. Our emotional wounds will never compare with Christ’s at Calvary.

It is because Christ underwent all he did for us that the Father has now “brought [him] into a place of abundance” (66:12). And in him, we enjoy the sort of abundance we could never deserve. We get the joy, the delight, the riches that Christ earned for us. We get to verse 1 through Christ.

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