Today we meditate on a happy song from David, a praise song to God. David talks frankly about his personal experience with God: his pride that caused God to turn His face and thus David got into big trouble-sickness and near death experience-when he turned back to God, God turned back to him and healed him. David also told us his secret: he always praised and worshipped God with thanksgiving in his heart and joy in his faith in action. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. David did just that. He was truly joyous and he aligned with God’s truth. Joy is a mark of the Holy Spirit. The Oil of Joy. David knew the secret of receiving the Lord’s strength: the Joy of the Lord is his strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Psalm 30 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Blessedness of Answered Prayer
A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the house of David.
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.[a]
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.[b]
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
Now in my prosperity I said,
“I shall never be moved.”
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
I cried out to You, O Lord;
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 30:3 Following Qere and Targum; Kethib, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read from those who descend to the pit.
Psalm 30:4 Or His holiness