I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. -Psalm 34:4
I witness that there is no fellowship with Christ so near and sweet, as that which comes to us when we are in deep trials. Then the Master unbosoms Himself, and takes His child, not upon His knee, but to His very heart, and bids him lay his head upon His beating bosom. Christ will reveal His secrets to you when the world is against you, and trials surround you. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant;” but they shall never have such discoveries of that secret and that covenant, as when they most need it, in the darkest and most trying times. There are special loves, special trials, special visits, and special fellowship.
And soon you shall have special deliverance. In days to come you will talk about these trials. You will say, I fretted myself, and worried over it, but oh, if I could have seen the end as well as the beginning, I should have said-
“Sweet affliction! sweet affliction!
Thus to bring my Saviour near.”
I tell you, you will sit yet under your own vine, and under your own fig-tree, and talk to the poor tried saints, and say, “Do not be cast down, for I cried unto the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon