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Praise God! For he dug all the crud up...

Psalm 66
8Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,
9Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.
10For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
11You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
12You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

This Psalm intrigues me. The author starts out praising God. Bless God because he keeps us in life! You would think some great thing had happened. Some great deliverance... but he goes on to say that God tried him and his people by bringing them into a net, laying oppressive burdens on them, taking them through fire and water. Why in the world would he praise God for taking them through all of these situations? Why would you be thankful that God put you in a net??? That seems almost cruel! But rather than being angry with God and complaining about all he had to go through, the author …