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Psalm 30




SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 30

This Psalm opens and closes with a note of thanksgiving and praise.  Between the opening and closing, however, is a very real look at life. 

As was often the case in David’s life, there were people after him.  In all cases, those folks wanted him to fail and be removed as king.  In some cases, those folks wanted him dead.  That’s part of why we find David thanking God for not letting his enemies gloat or triumph over him. 

In verse 2, David thanks God for healing.  The word used here for healing can refer to physical healing but it is also used to point to emotional and spiritual healing.  Regardless of which one is the focus here, David knew the source of his help and his healing was God.  And so it is with us.

In verse 3, David speaks of the fact that some of those who were opposed to him would have been glad to see him die (go down into the pit or Sheol).  But God rescued him from that.

The Psalm changes a bit in verse 4.  No longer is this just about the praise of God from David.  But now others have joined in.  There is something important at work here.  First, we all need times of private worship but we also need times of corporate worship.  Second, our private worship should always enrich and encourage worship in others.  Said another way our private worship should never take away from corporate worship.  Third, if our private worship does not enhance corporate worship by others, our private worship has a tendency to become about us and that almost always leads to pride and can actually lead to idolatry.

As a part of this corporate worship, worshippers are reminded that there can be tough times in life.  Like any good father, God can be upset with us.  There can be times of sorrow and weeping.  But as children of God, we can rejoice in the fact that all of that is temporary.  Joy comes in the morning!

When we get to verse 6, the focus moves away from corporate worship and goes back to David and his experience.  Here he confesses that in his prosperity (The NIV uses the word secure.  When things are going well in our lives, it is easy to feel secure.)  What we read here is the notion that when things are going well, when we are prospering, when we feel secure, it is easy to make great statements about our stand for God. 

But God has a way of bringing humility into our lives.  It is in the midst of that humility that we realize it is only by God that we are who we are and have what we have.  It is in that truth that David asks God for mercy and for help.

As the Psalm ends, God is responding faithfully to His child.  He has turned David’s mourning into dancing (Maybe David wasn’t a Baptist after all.)  He has turned David’s sackcloth of sadness into garments of gladness.  And David promises to sing of God’s glory forever.

We all go through bad times, sad times, and difficult times.  As hard as those may be on us, we must always remember God’s faithfulness.  And we must always trust that God is still able to take the tears of the night and turn them into joy in the morning.

Posted by Joe Ligon with