This is the devils world. Troubles and problems galore, exist only because of that fact. Were it not for the devil and his anti-God policies and attitude, there would be no troubles or problems whatsoever.
Furthermore, were it not for the foundational pattern of evil, which originated from Satan, there would be no sin, no death, no unfairness, nothing negative in life.
But, Satan brought sin through deceit, into the human realm, and man kept that pattern, adopting it and even enhancing it through mans own attitude and negative volition toward truth.
In all things evil, there is no part of God. Therefore, when trouble strikes in our lives, it has the feel, or the sensation that God has left us (of course He has not), but that is the emotional feeling that eventually surrounds each one of us as the pressures of life flow over us.
Therefore David calls for Gods return. This is an appeal for relief from the troubles that we are experiencing.
God is always there, but when we face difficulties, it feels as though He is not. The first thing we want is for the troubles to go away, and a call is made to God, to return (as it were) and remove or relieve us from those problems.
God in ones life means happiness and prosperity, health and well being. Difficulties in ones life is a picture of God not being in ones life, and therefore a need for Him. This is symbolic certainly, and an example in life which we can learn from, in order to see how the world operates without God, and how life is when God is active and present within our life.
Looking around, you can see numerous examples of life in examples of prosperity, and in examples of corruption, and everything in between, of course.
And looking around, you have many illustrations in life that should teach you that the more desirable things in life come out of good and out of prosperity and so forth. And, the less desirable things in life come out of the negatives of life (drugs, crime, poverty, etc).
No one wants to be poor, and yet many are poor. Everyone wants to be wealthy, and yet few are wealthy.
But that is how the world operates. And even though we have very little control over the world around us, we do have some semblance of control in our spiritual life and the next life beyond, because we can decide to pursue our spiritual life, or not.
To pursue the spiritual life is to pursue the good things. To ignore the spiritual life, is to pursue the bad things.
To pursue the spiritual life is bringing God into your life. To ignore the spiritual life, is to push God out of your life. The repercussions are, or should be, obvious.
Therefore, return, O God, for the good things are more desirable for the very basis, the very foundation of my life.
And this is done by God, because of His mercies (grace in action). The world has no grace, no mercy, no concern whatsoever for you. You just need to decide which path in life, is best, and then pursue it. God of course is the better path.
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