I have been going through the fire at my own request from the Lord. I asked God to make me more like Jesus by whatever means necessary. He has answered and I feel that I am out of the woodshed for now based on my reading today from Psalm 30.
I also asked God that I might become mighty in prayer. I’ve struggled but grown through groans. I’ve discovered that the Psalms help me pray when I don’t know how to pray. They are there to aid us in expressing the inexpressible.
Here are some thoughts from Psalm 30. Some are direct quotes and others just my own thoughts.
Rejoice in the fact that His discipline only lasts for a season and His favor a lifetime. Trade in the sack cloth of your mourning. Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness and the oil of joy for the drought of despair. Oh God, you will not let our souls go down to the pit. If we perish, will the dust sing your praise? I will rejoice in your faithfulness and your lovingkindness.
Your table is the most gracious and hospitable feast one can experience. I will write a raving five star review about the meals that you have prepared before me in the presence of my enemies. I will sing the praises of the Lord’s table and invite others with me when I return to help them order the same meal that you made for me in my despair, for your glory and my good!