I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness* You have afflicted me. Ps 119:75
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness* You have afflicted me.
To some people the truth in Psalm 119:75 is very troubling. The idea that God would “afflict” one of His children is an unthinkable thought to people who have not thought deeply about the character of God and the purpose of God. Jesus teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount that God is “our Father in heaven” and He gives “good gifts” to those who ask. Yet in our thoughts “good gifts” would never include any kind of trouble or difficulty and certainly not being afflicted.
But the truth of the matter is, God defines “good” much differently than we do….because God’s purposes are often much different than our purpose. Jesus also teaches us to pray in His Sermon and the Mount. And in His “model” prayer we see that the Glory of God the Kingdom of God and the Will of God come first…and then our needs come later. This reveals that God is NOT all about making sure we have a nice comfortable, easy and pain free life. God is all about seeing that His name is honored His Kingdom experienced and His will is done. And the good news is that when those things happen it is “good” for us.
So, what if God “afflicted me” and it brought great glory to His name…and allowed me to experience His Kingdom in greater ways… and brought His will and purposes to light…then that “affiction” would be one of His “good gifts”. And God would do all of this as a faithful good Father.
Just something to think about…
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*The word “faithfulness” °emunah is synonymous with tsedeq ("righteousness" — cf. Isa 11:5), with chesed ("lovingkindness" — cf. Ps 98:3, NASB), and with mishpat ("justice" cf. Jer 5:1).
(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
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