We can all relate to Heman. As we read Psalm 88, we quickly realize that things weren’t going very well for him. Although he began by addressing the Lord as the One who could save him, he continued with 17 verses of darkness.

Whenever we feel the way Heman did, we too can be honest with God. As we do that, we need to remind ourselves of the truths of the Bible that can restore our hope. Perhaps we would benefit from a new outlook that would encourage us to:

Turn our attention to God (Ps. 121:1-2). One of the great ironies of trouble is that it can bring us closer to God—which is where we want to be anyway.

Praise God for our salvation (Hab. 3:17-18; Eph. 1:3-8). Let’s remember what the Lord has done for us through Christ. His love is far greater than any difficulty we can face.

Look for the truths that come out of affliction (Jas. 1:2-4). A life of ease teaches less than a life of trouble and pain. We need to learn what God is trying to teach us through the struggles.

Celebrate God’s faithfulness (Ps. 119:89-92). Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “We must be tried or we cannot magnify the faithful God, who will not leave His people.”

Feeling like Heman? Talk to the Lord about it. Read and meditate on the Bible passages listed above and ask Him to renew your hope. In every situation, look for the ways God is faithful—even on the darkest days.