But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. (Psalm 59:16)

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The music of the sanctuary is in no small degree indebted to the trials of the saints.” Psalm like this one is birthed out of intense circumstances, which we read about and sing about til this day. Imagine being chased by an angry mob of enemies who seek to take your life. There’s no one to call. There’s no government system to turn to. Worse yet, it’s the authorities who are unjustly coming to take your life. You simply have to run. And hide. David experienced this when King Saul sought his life. David had no one to turn to but God. And in God, David found Him to be strong and faithful on David’s behalf (v16-17). 

Suffering often elevates our singing to God. We don’t seek suffering as if suffering by itself is good. But when the suffering comes, see it as an invitation to find in God all the strength and faithfulness you need. It is in those moments that you may find your songs to God are no longer reciting the lyrics to a tune but rather are cries from your heart shooting upwards to your King.