But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
Hmmm...you see, I've been praying that the Lord would help my family out in a few difficult decisions we have brewing. I worked through the fear that often comes with a life-changing decision, I worked through the impatience of the extended waiting that came up, and yet I was still not quite satisfied.
I knew God would take care of us.
I knew God was in control.
I knew God would give us an answer in His good time.
These verses showed me what I was missing...yes, God wants me to trust. Yes, God wants me to know He'll 'defend' me, but He wanted me to learn something else. He wants me to know how to rejoice in Him...even when things are still hard and uncertain. He wants me to know He's in control, and be joyful.
No, our problems aren't resolved. Yes, we still have enemies and hardness--sometimes on a daily basis--but I know that I can rejoice because I have a God who loves me. Through the easy times and the hard times, He'll solve my problems, and give me joy along the way.