The author of this Psalm is trying to come to terms with the God he has always known. He is struggling with the fact, that from his perspective, his present circumstances don’t line up with the God, who has always been good, gracious, and caring with him and with the nation of Israel.
The Israelites had seen God’s power, might, and faithfulness. That’s why the Psalmist says, “I will appeal to the years of the right hand of the Most High” (v. 10), and “I will remember your wonders of old” (v. 11). Remembering the truth of God is a response to the wrestling and the questions we see in verses 7 through 9.
Maybe to struggle and wrestle with God’s goodness is what following God is all about, at least on this side of heaven.
It takes consistency to trust. It is not a one-time decision. It is hundreds of small decisions over time, and it takes regular practice. But practice can make us like the Psalmist, who knew what to believe in the middle of your suffering whatever, it might be.
We are not meant to suffer alone. God looked upon the suffering of all people, and he wanted to suffer alongside us. So he sent Jesus. We have the opportunity to represent Christ to others when we enter into their pain and suffer alongside them.
I am convinced that we cannot fully know who God is and what he is like except through trust-filled suffering. This is how we can know Jesus—that he came to suffer for us and to acquaint himself with our pain. Even today He is longing to be present to us in all that we suffer, until the day He returns.
Psalm 34 promises that God is near to the broken-hearted. We have the opportunity to be like Jacob (Genesis 32), who wrestled with God and would not let him go, until we receive his blessing. For us, as we suffer and wrestle with God, our blessing is to see and know Jesus Christ and how he suffers with us.