Our journey through the Psalms returns once again to Psalm 40. Today I simply want to share the words of John Piper in his book When the Darkness Will Not Lift. This book is available totally free of charge on desiring god.org. You can download it as a PDF file.
The reason that I am returning once again to this topic is because when I read Psalm 40 last year (as I wrote this material), I had an overwhelming sense that there were people who needed to hear this message. As I read the material by John Piper, I thought it was the perfect companion. Here are his words in Chapter Two of his book…
It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him. This is the way Paul thought of his own strivings. He said, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (Phil. 3:12). The key thing to see in this verse is that all Paul’s efforts to grasp the fullness of joy in Christ are secured by Christ’s grasp of him. Never for get that your security rests on Christ’s faithfulness first.
Our faith rises and falls. It has degrees. But our security does not rise and fall. It has no degrees. We must persevere in faith. That’s true. But there are times when our faith is the size of a mustard seed and barely visible. In fact, the darkest experience for the child of God is when his faith sinks out of his own sight. Not out of God’s sight, but his. Yes, it is possible to be so over whelmed with darkness that you do not know if you are a Christian—and yet still be one.