4Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
5Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
6Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
Rightly, the psalmist cried out to God, "Turn Us!" The psalmist understood that it is our turning away from God, our first love, which often brings calamities upon us. God, in His great love toward us, uses the circumstances of this life to mold us and shape us until we become more and more conformed to His righteous image.
In truth, we are weak creatures who are apt to wilt at the first sign of discomfort and peril. When in the middle of difficult times it seems as though we have been enduring a stream of unending struggles.
We must be careful, however, not to judge one another harshly when we see another person's life heaped with one difficulty after another. We certainly do not want to make the mistake made by Job's three friends, accusing Job of great wrong-doing based upon the judgments of God that seemed to rain down upon him.
How, then, are we to properly view times of trouble? God uses times of trouble to school His dear children. It is right and proper for us to seek God's help, for He alone has the ability to remove the troubles from us. In His wisdom, God desires us to learn two things. First, God wants us to turn to Him as the source of all of our help, and second, God weans us from our over-arching love for this world.
We see, then, that our troubles are used to increase our faith in the Lord, and to increase our longing for Christ. The more we reach to the things of this earth to bring us happiness and peace, the more we see the fallacy in such a notion. True joy and peace are gifts from God and are certainly not attained through any pleasures on this earth.
Like the psalmist, let us pray to God, "Turn us . . . shew us thy mercy O LORD, and grant us thy salvation." What an amazing God we serve. He saves us, keeps us, and brings us safely home to live with Him forever!
God Bless You,