I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

The attitude of the world is the opposite of David’s. People tend to expect things to go wrong. The principle of Murphy’s Law is, “If something can go wrong, it will.” Since we live in a fallen world it’s understandable why people feel this way, but it’s not the attitude of David, and not one Christians should adopt.

David understood that God wants to bless us. He also wrote, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).

However things do go wrong, we don’t feel bless and we don’t experience God’s goodness and love in ways we understand it. Unfortunately, God’s goodness and love doesn’t mean we are going to have a comfortable life with no major problems.

God’s goodness and love assure us of his presence with us, his strength to face whatever comes, his peace, his comfort. It’s not an escape from our problems but an enabling that means we have nothing to fear or dread about the future. We can relax in the peace of God knowing he is in control and has considered every unforeseen event.

Furthermore, because David expected to see God’s blessings, God rewarded his faith. Some Christians are afraid to expect blessing and favour from God because they don’t want to be disillusioned if something troublesome happens. Our expectations are based on what’s convenient and comfortable. God has a bigger view in mind. He’s using our circumstances to shape and mould us into people he can truly bless, not with mere material blessings but with eternal ones.