We can read through this particular psalm with questions about why God would allow the bad things to happen in the first place, or why He would punish people only to save them. We can choose to become bitter and fall even further away from God; but, remember this: that is our choice, it is not what God wants for us. One thing I know without a doubt is that we do not understand the way God works, nor should we assume we do. He is so much greater than us that there is just no way our minds can comprehend Him or His ways.
We could also read through this psalm and see God's incredible mercy and salvation in it. In fact, I believe that was the author's intent; it was to encourage us and remind us that no matter what we've done or how bad things get, when we call to God we will experience His love. I am an example of that - I know what God has done in my life! I know that I cried to God in my difficulties, and He rescued me and healed me and brought me to a place where I can tell others of the good things He has done. I know that even when I have experienced horrible things, He has turned them around into beauty. One thing I know for sure; God can take anything and use it to bring us closer to Him; but we need to turn to Him to experience that. Notice that each example given in this psalm mentions the fact that people called out to Him in their distress.
We are reminded to praise God for the good things He has done and is continuing to do. He loves us and cares - He just wants us to come to Him for what we need. When we do that, He gives us what we need and we can share what He does with others and praise Him. We are told that we are to be wise and think on the loving deeds of God.
Do you focus on the good things God has done? Do you choose to call to Him? Do you choose to meditate on the good things God has done in your life?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.