Psalm 88: Afflicted, But Not Crushed

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

There is a place I fear finding.

It has no zip code, no GPS coordinates. You can’t pin it on your mobile app map. You don’t walk, swim, ride or fly there; arrival is more of a “landing.” And it hurts. I bet you’ve been there.

This place I’m speaking of reeks of loss and loneliness.

Painful circumstances well beyond our control strip even the strongest among us of our self-reliance. The God of our salvation seems to be on some kind of vacation while we lament. We may very well wonder if our cries for deliverance fall on deaf ears; yet we still cry out.

Ironically, it is in the dark regions of affliction where stubborn, dependent faith shines most brightly. Honest anguish aimed heavenward isn’t faith abandoned. Rather, it is unadulterated belief fixed upon the only One who can and will ultimately lift us out of our misery.

I grieve sojourns in the land of suffering; but thankfully walk there as one who is not without hope.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:7–10, ESV)

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