By Jimmy Swaggart
Expounds on Psalm eighty four
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Thirdly, what I am about to say is, I believe, the correct and proper answer, the message that the Psalmist was communicating to us. If we must pass through this valley of Baca (this valley of tears, this place of tremendous tests and trials), we can chafe under it, we can choose to believe some magic word will make it go away, or else we can do what the Word of God says. We can make a well! In other words—in the midst of a desert, we can plant a garden. In the midst of barrenness we can, by the help and grace of God, dig a well.
Dig a Well Some of you reading this at this very moment have chafed under your problem. You've been told by some preachers that you should thank God for it. But, of course, that is totally absurd. It makes no sense whatsoever. There is nothing in the Word that even remotely hints at such a thing. No, you do not thank God for the problem, but you thank God in spite of the problem. This is where it's all at. This is where we win or lose. You do not praise God for the sickness. You do not praise God for the difficulty, the test, or the trial—but you praise God in spite of the sickness, in spite of the difficulty, in spite of the test or trial.
I do not think I would be either scripturally remiss or presumptuous to say that this place of tears is a certainty for all Christians. It may be much worse for some people than it will be for others, but I think the Bible bears the basic truth out. The Scripture tells us, "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (I Peter 1:7). Then Peter said, "But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled" (I Peter 3:14).
Blessed is the man who passeth through the valley of Baca and maketh a well by Jimmy Swaggart