I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O most high.
David will be glad and rejoice and sing praises for what happens in verse 3-20… namely, God destroys all of David’s enemies and rescues his people from certain doom. David rejoices because he knows God will deliver him and his people. David is glad because he knows the sadness at this present moment is not one that will last, but will be overtaken by joy and gladness. David knows the afflicted will not perish. David knows the evil will not go unpunished. He knows God will be victorious, triumphant. He knows God will defeat all of the enemies of the good and righteous and he will lift up the head of his people and bring them home with him. God’s people will be the victory march, the triumphant parade at the conclusion of the battle. Despite all of the terrible swirling around David, he was able to see with clarity the future ahead of him.
Why is it so hard for me? Why is it so easy to get bogged down by the garbage surrounding our daily life? Why is it so hard to see the future outcome of God sitting on his throne being absolutely victorious over all his foes? Why is is hard to visualize evil being struck down and cast into the abyss? Why is it difficult to see the future where the throne of God is visible by all of creation and there is no weeping or sadness?
This is a future we all long for desperately, yet we fear hoping in something like this on the off chance it never comes true. On the chance that God isn’t who he says he is.
The book of Revelation is one human’s attempt to explain and describe the awesome, beyond description scene he saw in heaven. John was given a vision of heaven and he describes it for us in all its glory and majesty. he describes terribly frightening scenes of utter destruction of evil. He describes scenes beyond our ability to understand of glorious beauty with God at the center.
Why is it so hard to live life with end in mind? The same reason it is hard to finish a marathon. At some point we hit ‘the wall.’ The place where you think, this is the end. I can’t go any further. For me, that was at mile 23. We think the pain is too great, the outcome isn’t worth it and that it will be ok to just give up now.
Sure, its ok. If you don’t want to participate in the party at the end!
Paul reminds us to finish the race. To keep our minds set on the goal, the prize, the end. We must finish the race. Complete the course set before us. We must claim our prize at the end.
2 Corinthians 4:17 reminds us our troubles are light and momentary when compared to the eternal glory far outweighing them… which to troubles are actually working towards defining in us. So while the Bible doesn’t say, ‘this too shall pass’ we can know these troubles are not the end. We can be glad and rejoice in God and sing praise to his name, knowing he is going to utterly demolish and destroy our enemies.