I Shall Yet Praise Him
Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
Surely we all understand how trials are part of the life of the saints. It just goes with the territory. Even so, when troubles come, I find the first thing that comes to mind is to start complaining. That is, after all, human nature. I, like you, don't want the trial to come, and when it does come, I want it over as quickly as possible. So, we complain to God and pray for an answer. At least our heart and mind is in the right direction.
If you want to know what some real complaining looks like, read through the Psalms. David was very good at it and with good reason. Most of us will probably never face the trials he faced. Even so, our own trials and troubles seem plenty big enough. But, when you read David's complaints in the Psalms notice how it always ends up in praise of God.
I find it very difficult to praise God for bringing trials on me, and I really don't see how that is a problem. Anything else would be irrational to me. Who really wants it? I find no reason to rationalize our trials as something that is "good." True enough, the results may be good, but saying that bad things are good makes no sense to me. So, it makes sense to complain. How can I honestly praise God during a troubling time of spiritual attack?
I can praise God, even in my trials, not because I enjoy the trial, but because of something else. I know He has not and will not abandon me but will see me through to the end. The praise is because of that. It is praise that comes from knowledge that He will deliver me. It is not praise for the trial, but praise for the deliverance that will surely come.
I have found this to be a most powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. Can you imagine how angry your enemies must get when your response to an attack is to praise God? If you really want to smack the devil, just stand up in the midst of your trouble and sing out in praise to the Father.
Think on that for a bit, and you can join with the words of David in Psalm 42, "for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance."