When life is tough, can you say with the psalmist David that God is good? In Psalm 34:8, David said, "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."
David knew God. He had tasted Him-experienced Him and knew from this knowledge that God is indeed good. He had experienced God's judgment for his sins, but still David stated God is good.
In Psalm 86:5, David wrote, "You are forgiving and good, O LORD, abounding in love to all who call on You." One might think he could say these words to God because his life was going perfectly. But - not so! In Psalm 86:14 we see David was experiencing the arrogant attacking him and a band of ruthless men seeking his life. He was in the midst of difficulties, yet he stated in verse 15, "But You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."
No matter what we are going through in this life, if we truly know God and have experienced Him personally, we know He is good. Even in a difficult time in my life I am saying with the psalmist, "You are good and what you do is good." Psalm 119:68