Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
Pain is no picnic! However, pain is our body’s way of communicating that something is not right; something needs our attention. Pain is a tool that hopefully helps our body find healing and return to proper function. Sometimes, even after the pain is gone, we may bear lasting scars, must alter our behavior to avoid future pain, or be concerned that it may return.
Often, we will experience pain that is not on a physical level. As broken people living in a broken world, we all experience trouble, hurt, and wounds. Psalm 142:5-7 is the cry of someone in pain, someone calling out for refuge to God. The interesting aspect of this cry is that the Psalmist is not just looking for relief; he is looking for the good that comes from pain (v. 7). God’s goodness to us can be seen not only by His deliverance from our suffering but by our transformation as we praise Him for it. Don’t allow your wounds to consume you; let them “grow” you.
Determine one way God can “grow” you from your wounds. Celebrate His Transformation.