Psalm 30: 11 – 12 “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.”
In an ideal world we would never complain or whine. Our faith would be so strong that we would never yield to such temptation as to complain. We would count it all joy as we go through trials and testing. (James 1)
When everything is going well, we are invincible in our faith and our trust in Him. But when things get a little tight we may begin wincing as the psalmist did. The origin of wincing means to kick restlessly from pain or impatience. Have you ever been impatient with the Lord and the timing of His answers?
I hate it when I give into wincing because I think I have fallen short of faith. But in reality as the psalmist experienced, it is actually evidence that you have faith in God. What ran out was not your faith but your patience. Unfortunately the only way to acquire patience is through endurance in pressure situations. Romans 5 uses the words “tribulation” in King James or “suffering” in NIV to express that which creates patience in us. The definition of the Greek word means a pressing, pressing together, or pressure.
Pressure is essential to developing our character, our hope and our faith. The key is to allow it to press us into God not away from Him. In Him are our peace and joy and life. If we turn to Him, He will turn our wailing into dancing and cloth us with joy.
Prayer: "Lord, I come to you in my pressing situations and look for your help. You are my deliverer and strong tower. You are my source of joy. Turn my wailing into dancing so that I will give you thanks forever. Amen!"