God has given us no sweeter, more beautiful gift than the gift of Himself. He is the gift that changes everything. His presence is what every sufferer needs, whether they know it or not.
Encouragement from Psalm 27
I love how David begins Psalm 27, a psalm that was written during dark days in his life. It is a psalm of trouble, but it doesn’t begin with trouble; it begins with wonderful, mind-expanding, heart-engaging, life-changing theology.
And there’s a lesson in this. It is never more important than in times of suffering to hold onto and remember the theology of the Word of God. When you are suffering, it is vital that you preach regularly to yourself the truths that Scripture declares.
It is vital that your thinking, feeling, interpreting, and craving heart is given the wisdom, guidance, and comfort that only the theology of the Word of God can give.
If you’re not suffering now, you’re near someone who is. And if you’re not suffering now, you will someday. How prepared are you for that moment when suffering enters your door?
About Paul David Tripp
Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and conference speaker, connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He launched his own ministry in 2006. He lives in Philadelphia and is hopelessly in love with his wife, Luella. They have four grown children.