You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.
Their heart is as fat as grease,
But I delight in Your law.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.
Difficult times are not easy. They are not enjoyable or something we anticipate with excitement. But they can be profitable, and that is what I see in the psalmist’s words here. He had strayed from God’s path, but his affliction (whatever it might have been) provided the prompting, drive, and/or opportunity for him to return to his heavenly Father’s guidance and grow in his depth of understanding of and love for it. An integral part of this process would seem to be accepting the truth of God’s nature that he reaffirms twice here in this psalm – “You have dealt well with Your servant” and “You are good, and do good.” Because we serve a good God who deals well with His servants, we can know that He can and will redeem even the most difficult moments of our lives. This is true of the difficult moments we bring on ourselves and of those that we face through no choice of our own. There is a comfort in knowing that no difficulty is beyond God’s power to brighten with His blessings.