When we encounter a trial, we usually await the deliverance from the trial. And when the deliverance finally comes, we remember to thank the Almighty for delivering us. But how often do we remember to also thank and show appreciation to the Almighty for the trial itself?
The 50th Psalm teaches us this lesson. "He who offers confession honors Me; and he who orders his way I will show him the salvation of G-d" (v. 23). Simply understood, the Almighty is extolling the virtues of those who present to Hashem an offering of thanks.
One of our revered Sages, the Ksav Sofer, based on a midrash in Vayikra Rabbah 9:2, finds a connotation to the word yechabdaneni, translated 'acknowledge', a connotation which he derives from the doubling of the letter nun in the word. He explains that sometimes only after the salvation are we first able to perceive the kindness and inherent goodness hidden within the trial or tzarah.
Therefore, one nun is meant to thank the Almighty for saving us, while the other nun conveys gratitude for giving us the tzarah, the trial, to begin with. The intensified double-nun ending in the word yechabdaneni indicates one who "truly honors Me." And so David would have us understand, as he did, that to truly honor Hashem involves not only thanking Him for the yeshua, the salvation, but for the tzarah, the trial, as well.
I truly believe that everything the L-d does is always for the best - the very best. Sometimes we may not see it immediately, but if we keep our eyes open, I believe that we will be privileged to see His goodness and kindness, even within the difficulties and trials we sometimes experience. If we take this path, as the psalm encourages us and remember to thank Hashem doubly for all that we have had to endure, then Hashem says: "I will show you how the salvation came through what was normally perceived as the attribute of justice, midat hadin, which comes along with the name Elohim."
The upshot of Psalm 50, then, is that it is critical for us to remember that it is not the person who merely brings offerings that does Him honor, but the one who does not restrict his love, devotion, and gratitude for the Holy One to any one time, or place, or ritual act; but such a man rather bases his entire way of life upon the worship of G-d, and who, by his G-d-fearing conduct outside the sanctuary translates the promises he made while in the Sanctuary into living reality, a reality that is expressed in genuineness and sincerity of a life lived before an audience of One. It is just such a man who, as our sages relate, will be permitted to experience that true and genuine life which can be granted by G-d and no one else.
We would do well to remember Rav Sha'ul's (Paul's) exhortation in his epistle to the Romans:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of G-d’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to G-d—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what G-d’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (cf. Romans 12)
Let him who is convinced that his views are true and right express them . . . at every opportunity . . . without considering how much support or how much opposition he will encounter. Only falsehood is in need of many supporters in order to win the day; falsehood must have the authority of numbers to make up for what it lacks in justification. Truth, by contrast, will always prevail, even if it takes time. Noble, courageous and pure, expressed with all the fiery zeal and conviction and with all clarity of sure awareness, stated again and again at every opportunity, truth will ultimately gain respect and admiration even of those who do not accept it. The only truth that can be lost beyond recall is that truth whose adherents no longer have the courage to speak up candidly on its behalf. Truth has never gone down in defeat as the result of opposition, it has done so only when its friends are too weak to defend it. - R' S.R. Hirsch