“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
This verse is a actually a testimony regarding the effectiveness of God’s work on our behalf during times of crisis.
It is a statement of thanksgiving for having been set free not from suffering but rather through suffering.
In stating, “Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress,” the psalmist is declaring that the sorrows of life have themselves been the source of life’s enlargement. I think each of us if we’re honest have found this in fact to be true in our own lives.
All the tragedies and disasters in of world, even the more recent ones like the shootings in Florida, the Mount Fuego eruption, and the Grenfell Tower fire all attest to and confirm the fact that the common touch of humanity that gives the world true kinship is not joy…but sorrow.
Therefore if we want our sympathy for others to be enlarged, we must be willing to experience a certain degree of suffering.
Joseph’s dungeon was the very road to his throne, and he would have been unable to lift the load of his brothers had he not experienced the burden in his own life.
Likewise, our lives will be enlarged in proportion to the burden we have endured, because it is in the shadows of our lives that we will actually grow and be strengthened.
It is my prayer today that the shackles of our lives will not weigh us down but will help us fly. And that the gate of our prison will lead us into the heart of the God, who will enlarge us through our suffering and our pain…amen.