v10 For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
Often the Lord allows us to go through things so that our trust is not in man but in God.
When things happen we often find ourselves blaming others or God for our situations but in the Lord he turns everything for good, if we allow him too, he brings us into a spacious place.
v16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!
God hears our prayers even when we don't think he has and sometimes His love is withholding the very thing we are asking for as we may not be able to handle it at this stage if we received it. Often times there are things He is wanting to teach us about His love, about depths of his love that we have no idea about. He is wanting to show and teach us greater revelations of His goodness towards us but at the time we sometimes feel that His love is not there - it is.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us
so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
May all the peoples praise you, God
may all the peoples praise you.