Bitter melon looks nothing like a melon! It looks more like a cucumber and it is not only its taste which can discourage a try but also its bumpy warty skin! This very bitter fruit is grown in tropical areas of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. It is also known as balsam pear, bitter squash, karela and goya. The bitter melon is believed to aid digestion and improve overall health. It is even believed to help in treating diabetes and cancer, although the research is not conclusive.
Today’s verse talks about many bitter troubles. David has had his share with his enemies seeking to kill him. He has also lived with some very unhappy family relationships. Yet he remains confident that his troubles will be short-lived. He looks to the future with hope that God, though allowing the bitter trouble, will restore and lift him up once again. David can say this as he has already seen the Lord do just that for him. This psalm is full of testimony to God’s wonderful faithful care.
Although I enjoy God’s blessings, I am not spared “many and bitter troubles.” And Peter tells me not to think it strange to experience fiery trials (I Peter 4:12). But like David, I do not want to allow something difficult and even bitter to make me bitter! He is there through all of it and is ready to restore and lift me up from the depths of disappointment, dashed hopes and depression! In fact, He is the only One able to do it!
Thank you Lord, that You are my hope and comfort!