“Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.” Psalm 66:5
Don’t we love to see the works of God! He truly is awesome in His doing toward us. I love verse 12b of this same Psalm, because sometimes we just need to be reminded that he never allows trials and tribulations to harm us. He uses them as a showcase for some of His most amazing works. There is always hope in Him. Psalm 66:12b says, “…We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.”
That word “fulfillment” is the Hebrew word רויה (rvayah) and the Strong’s Concordance defines it as – “…satisfaction: – runneth over…” His desire is to get us through the hard thing and not fall short of great reward. We will only do that by keeping our eyes on Him. It is not fun to be going through the fire and water, that’s for sure. But it can be a Kingdom building venture if we go through with Him… not just to come out barely hanging on, but come through to running over satisfaction that is well worth the journey. They went through it, which implies landing out of it. And who brought them out? God did.
In tennis, if you take your eye off the ball to look at the place you want the ball to land, you are probably going to blow the shot. But if you keep your focus on the ball, your chances of it landing where you want it are much greater! Spiritually, as we journey in good times and hard times, if we keep our focus on Him – not even what we think the ultimate outcome should be – He will be sure to land us where we need to be for greatest satisfaction, His glory, and the best for His eternal Kingdom. He has been teaching me through trials that seem to last way too long, to stop asking, “Are we there yet?” and focus on the amazing fact that I’m journeying with Him. He’ll land the plane when it’s safe, be with us guarding, protecting, directing, refreshing, loving, and teaching through the fire and water. …Only to bring us out to rich fulfillment. …Only Him. “Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard…” Psalm 66:8