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Suffering as the Path to Glory

The Book of Psalms Speaks Today

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In the macrostructure of the Book of Psalms there is a clear movement from lamentation to praise, from suffering to glory.

"Why do I have to suffer, Lord?" No doubt this cry has risen from the depths of your soul. For we have all suffered to one degree or another. But why? Sometimes we suffer because of our sin (Ps. 32:1-5; 38:1-4). Sometimes we suffer in spite of our innocence (Ps. 7:1-9; 44:9-22). But why? Whether because of sin or in spite of innocence, "Why do I have to suffer?" Didn't the Lord Jesus Christ come that we "might have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10)? Hasn't Jesus paid the penalty for our sins (Rom. 3:25)? Hasn't he redeemed us from the curse so that we might experience blessing (Gal. 3:13-14)? Why do we have to suffer in this life?


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Issue: "A Vale of Tears: Suffering as a Mark of This Age" March/April 1999 Vol. 8 No. 2 Page number(s): 24-27

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