Monday was pretty decent. Today in reading Psalm 13 - it struck me to how similar it is to the sermon Pastor Bill preached last night and last Sunday morning at WXR. He's been in Proverbs and I'm of course in Psalms - but the similarity here is great.
David had to have been in a place of trouble, whether it was personal troubles, spiritual dryness, or difficult battles for the country, he wasn't feeling the blessing of God's nearness. Solomon seems to almost be writing to someone who is in similar hard times in Prov 3 because he is encouraging them to do what they know to do: read, trust, honor God, be humble...
David asks how long God is going to forsake Him - he waits. Solomon says the answer - do not lean on your own understanding of the situation - but completely and wholly trust in God and He will make your paths straight. The joy that David feels after pouring his heart out to God is very similar to the joy that we find in Prov 3:
Ps - But I have trusted in your steadfast love;my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord,because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Pr - Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Prov 3.12 is kind of evident that we will go through times when it seems the Lord is far, or that He is being hard on us, or that we don't feel JOY - but the answer the "why" comes in the last verse of that section: for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,as a father the son in whom he delights. He loves us and delights in us. That is why He wants to make us more like His son - so that He might get the most glory FOR HIMSELF from us.
So, when life (like it often seems to me right now), doesn't make sense - cling to what you know (for more on that pick up Piper's When I Don't Desire God), - read the whole thing at the link - know that God is going to get glory from you, don't lean on your own understanding, TRUST and wait (as Shane and Shane says).
Speaking of Shane and Shane - I love how they take so many of the words to their songs straight from Scripture - its a great way to memorize the Word!