I’ve been reading through the Psalms lately and this morning this passage spoke to me a bit differently than it ever has before.
“For You meet him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head. He asked life from You, and You gave it to him— Length of days forever and ever. His glory is great in Your salvation; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him. For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.” Psalm 21:3-6
In this Psalm, David acknowledged God as the ultimate King who had established David’s throne.
In verse 3, David speaks of the blessings of God and reminds us that we should be grateful for the good things that flow from God into our lives. Those blessings come in many forms; finances, jobs, health, friends and family. We should thank God for our blessings.
But, when we think about David’s life it becomes clear that some blessings may not first appear to be a good thing.
I don’t think David would have considered facing Goliath a blessing. However, his victory in that battle has encouraged every generation of believers since then.
David was constantly on the run from King Saul whose intention it was to kill David. Out of that trial, in the midst of the wilderness, David wrote much of the book of Psalms that has been an encouragement to so many.
Even in the midst of family tragedy, the loss of children, the rebellion of his son Absalom, David grew closer to God and realized that God’s hand was still on him.
So, David is able to say, “For You meet me with the blessing of goodness.”
So, it appears that, at times, the difficulties and trials in our life turn out to be a blessing.
I’m not sure what you’re going through right now, but I’m a firm believer that God never wastes a painful period in our lives, that through every bit of pain, every tear that is shed, He is working in and through us for His glory and for our good.