“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.” Psalm 31:7 (NIV)
These words, written by the psalmist David, describe a great change in his experience. We notice that he had suffered anguish in his soul and he described it as an affliction. It sounds as if he had been suffering for several reasons and for some time. But, when David wrote these words his circumstances had changed and he was in a different situation. His soul had been delivered, as it were, from the anguish and was rejoicing. So, what had made the difference? It was the realization that God had been loving him and had been watching him. Just that knowledge transformed his anguish into joy. Let's be glad and rejoice in God's love, even when afflicted.