Psalm 71:20

Thou, which hast showed me many and sore troubles, shall quicken me again. - Psalm 71:20

God shows us the troubles. We stand beside Him, and the mighty billows break around, but are shivered into myriads of drops. As we ride beside Him in the chariot of salvation, He points out to us the forms of dreaded evils, the ravines, the glaciers, the awful steeps; but it is as though we were cradled in some soft golden aloud which fringes the edge of the precipice, and glides along splintered cliffs where the chamois could not find footing. Look at this, saith our Guide. These are the troubles that overwhelm souls, and drain their life! Behold them, but thou shalt not suffer them! I show you them that you may know how to comfort and help those who have been overwhelmed. Sometimes, as this part of our education is being carried forward, we have to descend into ,,the lower parts of the earth," pass through subterranean passages, lie buried amongst the dead. But never for a moment is the cord of fellowship and union between God and us strained to breaking; and. from the depths God. wilt bring us up again.

Never doubt God. Never say that He has forsaken or forgotten. Never think that He is unsympathetic. He will quicken again. There is always a smooth piece in every skein, however tangled. The longest day at last rings out the evensong. The winter snow lies long, but it goes at last. Be steadfast; your labour is not in vain. God turns again, and comforts. And when He does, the heart which had. forgotten its psalmody breaks out in jubilant song, as does the psalmist's.

"I will thank Thee with the lyre, even thy truth, my God;
I will harp unto Thee with the harp, Thou Holy One of Israel;
My lips shall sing aloud when I harp unto Thee,
And my soul which Thou hast redeemed."