Psalm 30 (May 16, 2011)

[1] I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. [2] O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. [3] O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. [4] Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. [5] For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. [6] As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” [7] By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed. [8] To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy: [9] “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? [10] Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!” [11] You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, [12] that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! (Psalm 30 ESV)

Healing Contrasts (1-3)

David writes this Psalm, we are told, for the dedication of the temple. However, at closer examination, the Psalm speaks most clearly with thanksgiving for God’s healing of sickness. David extols, or praises God for his rescue. David, apparently was so close to death due to his illness that his enemies were getting excited that their mighty foe, the giant-killer, David might pass away. But David “cried to the Lord” and the Lord answered by healing him. David clearly glorifies God for his physical rescue by ascribing glory to God for brining him up from Sheol, or the grave, and restoring life to him.

Healing Comparisons

How does this relate to us? When we pray to God for healing, asking him to rescue our lives or the lives of those close to us and he answers, we must be quick to give him glory for his deliverance. Recently a woman in our church received a report from her doctor that the cancer she had recently had been battling had vanished. The tumor is gone and she is cancer free. Where is our praise directed in these times? We look to God in thanksgiving and joy for his healing and answer to our prayers. This praise can arise from the lips of all Christians as well, for our God has rescued us from the pit of death and hell and separation from him for eternity. Should we not also echo this Psalm in joy and worship for God’s rescue of his people? The answer is yes and Amen.


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