God alone knew the purpose behind Job’s suffering, and yet he never explained it to Job. In spite of this, Job never gave up on God even in the midst of suffering. He never placed his hope in his experience, his wisdom, his friends, or his wealth, Job focused on God.
God’s Word was written to be studied, understood and applied, and the book of Psalms lends itself most directly to application. We understand the psalms best when we ” stand under” them and allow them to flow over us like a rain shower. We may turn to Psalms looking for something, but sooner or later we meet someone. They put into words our deepest hurts, longings, thoughts, and prayers. They gently push us toward being what God designed us to be, people loving and living for him.