You have put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the depths.” (Psalm 88:6, NASB95)

Well!  Heman the Ezrahite [who wrote this psalm] banishes for us any notion that the “health and wealth” gospel is true.  Heman is a follower of God, but this psalm is a sustained meditation on the fact that God has “put me in the lowest pit.”  Indeed, even at the end of the psalm where psalmists often turn positive, Heman does not do so:

You have removed lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.” (Psalm 88:18, NASB95)

Here’s the thing.  Heman is correct.  It is God who has put him “in the lowest pit.”  Heman understands [as we do] that God is sovereign and so directs the affairs and circumstances of men, that nothing happens without his allowing it to happen. In the Westminster Shorter Catechism in answer to the question: What are God’s works of providence? The answer is given:  God’s works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions. God is in control of all of his creatures and all of their actions.

Why then can’t God rescue Heman from the pit into which God has allowed Heman to descend? Ah…this is the mystery of God’s actions.  We do not know the answer to this question because God chooses not to reveal to us the purpose in all that he does or allows.  When we are in a place that we do not understand we must just trust. Trust in God’s character; trust in his promises; trust in the fact that God can and will deliver us in his good time and for his good purposes; trust to the point of Job:

“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.” (Job 13:15, NASB95)

This is the hope of following God, even when we do not understand we can ask why, we can “argue my ways before Him.”

 

 

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