You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the Earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side – Psalm 71:20-21 NKJV.
Many can agree that God has shown us "great and severe troubles," just as the psalmist writes of. The Lord has excellent reasons for allowing distresses to come our way. They may arrive for correction, sanctification, enlightenment, or a number of other motives. God is always good, so let’s not be complainers. We should praise Him at every turn (James 1:2-4).
As we consistently trust and obey the Lord, just like the psalmist, we can look forward to God "increasing our greatness."
We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and as such, we are already distinguished and remarkable. Yes, we're surely great, but God wants to turn the dial of our brightness way on up past high. He wants to increase our voltage tremendously....
I love the line in the 1991 movie, City Slickers, when Billy Crystal tells his downhearted friend, "Your life is a do-over. You've got a clean slate."
A clean slate. Hmmm. That sounds like something from the heart of God. In fact, it is.
His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning -
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV.
When we wake up each day, we get a "do-over." That's just how our Lord is. People may hold grudges, but the mercies of God are new every morning—no matter how badly we've failed—in spite of how many we've hurt. God's mercy toward us is so zealous and intense that He sent His Son to die in payment for our sin.
The blood of Jesus is powerful! It wipes our slate completely clean.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us - Psalm 103:12.
My point for born-again Christians is this: God's amazing grace is ours to claim,...