Psalm 30 (May 20, 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)

Joy Overflowing (11-12)

The wearing of sackcloth came with mourning or sadness. David exclaims that God has removed his sackcloth and clothed him with gladness, turning mourning into celebration! He then expresses his desire to praise God forever. From whence does such exaltation come? David’s joy overflowed from a heart devoted to and focused upon God. Jesus expresses to us in the gospels that it is out of the heart that the mouth speaks. We say what is in our hearts. We communicate that which we are passionate about. God’s answer to prayer is something we communicate to others because we are thrilled at the faithfulness and glories of our God. James Boice is helpful here:

I want to counsel you to fix your heart and mind with God. Think about him for what he is in himself and for what he has done. An then, when your heart is overflowing with his praise, speak about him to others, as David is doing in this psalm.


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