When we suffer, our hearts put God on trial. Like a prosecuting attorney, we level our questions against his character. “How could you be good and allow this? If you could put an end to this, why don’t you? What have I done to deserve this?”
Yet, for the Christian, God does not answer our questions with a logical defense of His sovereignty v. our suffering, but rather he answers us the way a mother comforts her crying child – with his presence. With his gospel song, Christ offers us the experiential affirmation of his union with us – reminding us that he loves us, and that he is here with us, and that he is bound to us in our pain. Our Savior has known the ultimate depth of human suffering so intimately that he is able to identify with us in our suffering as someone who has been there and emerged in triumph. And because he triumphed in his suffering and death, he is with his Beloved, in her suffering and sanctification, to empower her to do the same.