He Has Made Me GladBy Bob Lepine
June 13, 2022
No one can get more from a verse of scripture than Charles Spurgeon could.
Reflecting on Psalm 126:3, which says “The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad,” Spurgeon observed:
Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them.
You know people like this. Maybe this describes you. Certainly in our world in 2022, there is reason for lament, for sorrow, for our souls to be cast down. Some of you are doubtless experiencing personal hardships that have set joy seemingly out of reach.
As followers of Jesus, we ought not pretend that hardships aren’t real or that there is no room for sorrow in our lives. But God would not have us build a nest in a field of despair. Spurgeon writes
A Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, ‘I will speak, not about myself, but to the honor of my God. He hath brought me up out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.’
We need, according to Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, to spend less time listening to ourselves and more time speaking to ourselves. We need to spend more time reminding ourselves of what God declares is true. We need to counsel our own soul