For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
You wouldn’t think a song about trouble would become a Broadway musical classic. But “Ya Got Trouble,” from the 1957 Broadway musical The Music Man, did just that. It’s a rousing number in which a slippery salesman tries to convince the town to ward off the dangers to young people about temptations like pool halls: “Trouble starts with a capital t, and that rhymes with p, and that stands for pool!”
Instead of singing and dancing when trouble appears, most people adopt a more fearful perspective: What’s going to happen? Will I make it through? Ironically, the psalmist David poured out his troubles to God in song, though of a more serious type. And rather than retreat in fear, David advanced into songs of faith. In situations where he was most likely not to worship God—when hurting or in trouble—David demonstrated an amazing ability to worship Him all the more.
If you are in a trial right now, read Psalm 27 and let David’s words of praise be your words as well.
The best rubrics of worship are those which are written on broken hearts. Charles H. Spurgeon
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