Daily in the Psalms : Psalm 30
psalms 30GRATITUDE FOR DELIVERANCE
I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalms 30:1-3
Apparently, the Psalmist had been seriously ill, to the point of death. Sickness is common to all men. No house is exempt, no age is safe from its touch. Sooner or later it comes to all. The greatest problem with sickness is that so many think of it a chance or fate. The Psalmist saw his sickness as the hand of God working in his life. As he gives praise for the hand that lifted him up, he is acknowledging the hand that brought it to him in the first place. The modern religious movement of our day is causing us to miss an important truth. They are trying to convince us that sickness could never come from a Holy God. That concept will cause you to always see sickness as evil and never for good, never from the hand of God. How changed is the way we see sickness when we recognize that it can be sent from God. There are times when God has a need to teach us some things:
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: (1 Peter 1:6).
In love and for our good, God may afflict us. It is a way that He can take us from the cares and busy pace of the world, draw us aside in quietness and solitude, that He may speak to our hearts. David gives praise to God for healing him. He was afflicted, cast down, but not cast off. Thank God for His mercy.
There is His upholding Mercy When God raises us up from our sickness, not only is our life spared and the grave is deprived of its prey, inward strength is given to us, our faith is confirmed and our enemies have no cause to rejoice.
There is His comforting mercy When we are sick, we desire that someone that loves us care for us. It is not as comforting to have a stranger or a hireling take are of us when we are sick. How comforting it is to know that we are watched by His kind eyes and cared for by His strong hands. Many times we cannot deny our pain or our suffering, but we can have peace because the God of Heaven cares for us.
How much some people miss as they complain and accuse God when they are sick. We must learn to look to God and trust in God, even in our darkest hour. Otherwise, there will be no song of praise from our lips. As Christians, we must have as our goal to extol, praise and honor the Lord
There are many that have no sense of God’s mercies. What God does in their lives does not stir their heart, so they whine and relent the whole time God tries to deal with them. And when God’s dealing is over, they go back to their old ways as if nothing happened. They are altered little or not at all, and they are not made better from the experience. True Christians are not so, their cry is not a cry of whining or complaining or accusation, it is a grateful cry and a proclamation that the God of Heaven has healed them. When we recover from illness or any kind of trouble, we should see it as God intends for us to see it:
1 - As Answered Prayer
The Child of God knows that he has a Heavenly Father that loves him, so he goes to that Father in prayer. As a child, he takes hold to the strength and love of the Father and has faith in the words and covenant of the Father. Wonderful is the sickness that drives the soul to Jesus!
2 - As A Demonstration Of God’s Love
In each of the first three verses of this chapter, David says, “Thou hast.” He acknowledges that it was the Lord’s doing to raise him up. He proclaims that it was all of grace, and none of his own doing. This is the attitude that sparks real gratitude in the heart of God’s children.
3 - As The Accomplishing Of God’s Will In Our Lives
Being taken to the brink of death and then being healed caused David to consecrate his life anew to the Lord. He was now able to serve Him with greater strength, greater love, greater faithfulness and greater determination. The God that loves us would never send trouble or sickness upon us unless He intended it to be a school of thought, virtue, wisdom, patience and glory for Himself.
Our lives are in God’s hands, we are safe with Him. Suffering may be the tool that He has to use to keep us clean for His Holy use
GROUNDS FOR PRAISE
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5
David is calling the choir to sing praises to God. He does not intend to fill this choir with reprobates; he calls for the Saints of God to join him in praise. There is much singing today, but not all of it is holy, much of it is stained and spotted by unholiness. The world has nothing in their hearts to birth real praise to God. Let them be silent as our holiness constrains us to praise the Living God. We are chosen, Blood-bought, purchased, redeemed, set apart and secure. We have a song; it is a great offense not to sing it. Not only is it a song sung by the Holy, it’s a Holy song. Our song is a Holy memorial to a Holy God. We are to put away the worldliness and sing a song of the attributes of our God, His love, wisdom, power, holiness, truth and righteousness. Not only is it a song sung by the Holy, not only is it a Holy Song, but it is sung to a Holy God. We are to sing unto the Lord. That is why real Christians reject the song of the world; those songs have the wrong spirit. The song of the Christian to his God is “Holy, Holy, Holy!” It is not a song of fear, but a song of rejoicing in the goodness and holiness of God.
Thank God that His wrath is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime. There may be some dark hours of weeping in this life, but for the child of God, joy comes in the morning. In that dark hour, all we may have is a song, but when the morning comes, there is praise, happy praise. Just as the dawn comes in a moment, without a long twilight to announce it’s coming, God’s love comes in a moment, to make us forget the long night of darkness and sorrow
GRACE FOR SELF-CONFIDENCE
And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. Psalms 30:6-7
Before his time of suffering, David had trusted in himself, he was so strong and secure he thought that he could never be moved. But, because of his suffering and pain, he has learned to trust in God. Prosperity does not have to be evil, it can be good, in fact, it is promised to the righteous. But prosperity needs to be handled with much faith and humility to keep it from becoming a snare.
There are many ways that God deals with His children. He treats them according to their different needs, but His end is always the same. When the Christian becomes presumptuous, it is a terrible evil and mist be sharply dealt with. What could be sharper than to have the man after God’s own heart, in a place where the face of God was hidden? This is an awful place for any Christian. There is nothing worse than not to be able to see God or know that He is present. A loss of health and wealth is bad, a loss of friends is bad, but when God withdraws His face; that is worse than anything, especially if He is acting in anger to our sin. No wonder David said, “I was troubled.” We ought to thank God for times of chastisement, it keeps us from becoming presumptuous. If we are not careful we will become presumptuous about our health, wealth, friends, reputation, feelings, faith and even the presence of God. He has a way of dealing with presumption, He allows us to walk in darkness for a while, to make us appreciate the light of His presence.
GUIDANCE THROUGH PRAYER
I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Psalms 30:8-10
His prayer was an earnest prayer. He is aware that God is his refuge and he is seeking that refuge. No matter what our circumstances or the reason we are in those circumstances, let us always remember where to find refuge, strength and help:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1).
David begins to debate with God, he asks, “what profit is my blood?” He makes the argument that the dust will not praise God and thank Him for His mercy. The dust will not declare the truth of God. David is crying from his heart that his desire for restoration is not for his own sake, but for the opportunity to serve and praise God. He makes the plea to God that his life would be more useful than his death. I wonder how many can make that honest argument to God? Again, chastisement is a wonderful thing, when it causes us to cast ourselves totally upon God and causes us to plead for His perfect will in our lives.
GLADNESS FOR SORROW
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. Psalms 30:11-12
His prayer has been answered and he now acknowledges the greatness of his deliverance:
1 - It Was The Lord’s Doing
Again, we find the words, “Thou hast.” The answer, the change that had taken place in his life was the work of God alone.
2 - It Was Complete
Mourning is a sign of defeat, dancing, in the Biblical sense, is a sign of victory, total victory. The sackcloth of mourning was replaced with the garment of gladness.
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Psalms 50:15).
There are many that profess to be Christian, but are not gratified in Jesus. There may be a need for some trouble to come into their lives to make them know and understand that He is all they need. There is nothing like the gratification that come when the Lord delivers you.
When the sackcloth of mourning has been taken away and replaced with the garment of gladness, how could we do anything but praise Him? Praise is due to our God for His goodness to us. We should be ever grateful for His mercy. Help has been given, prayers have been answered, gladness has been received, trouble has been lifted and sorrows are past. When the child of God bows his head and says, “thy will be done” and that will is done and we see that it is good, that should trigger the triumphant song, “Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen!”
So Glad To Be So Saved
Danny "Preacher" Bezet