Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth, you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. (Psalms 71:20–21, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Though – in spite of the possibility. Possibility. The troubles may come or not. They may even be “many and bitter,” as if to take us to “the depths of the earth.” When they do come, they will not be random. He will have “made” them come or permitted them to come. Never without purpose (or without limit), to “again bring [us] up.” Not to merely “restore” us to where we were before, but to take us to the point of “increase.” A point we would have never reached without them.
My Advice – “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you.” (Joel 2:25–26, NIV 1984). When in the midst of “many and bitter” troubles, look for the “wonders” that He is working “for you.“