Psalm 30

Psalm 30

Life is not always a peaceful sea. It has ups and downs. A seasoned sea-person would not rejoice or cry out over all the storms. God is in control. It is the nature of sea to make all kinds of movements. Once David was almost dead because of his physical illness but now he dedicated the temple. Looking back, David realized that God had been in control all the time. He was proud of himself because he did not give up his faith in the middle of all those challenges in life.  His praise continues:

“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.”

Why was he sick? David was thinking about his sin. He raped Bathsheba and killed his husband, Uriah. David believed that God punished him because of such a grave sin. He repented. God forgave him and gave him a second chance. “For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

When he was doing well he was self-righteous: “As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’” However, David found out that all his successes were God’s gifts. Without God’s aids, he could do nothing. Without God’s hands, he could not even survive: “By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; was dismayed. To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication: ‘What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!’”

When he humbled himself, God cured him. Now David did not boast himself. He knew who the real source of life was. Now he praised God without reservation: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.”

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