8/28 – A Shout of Joy (Psalm 30)
Introduction — Here David speaks praise to the Lord for lifting him up, for rescue from his enemies. In a previous time of trouble, David sought the Lord’s help, and the Lord heard and the Lord healed. Now, David sings praise to the Lord, giving thanks to His holy name. David sees that the Lord’s anger is brief, but His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. And in his current abundance, David reminds himself to remain steadfast. By God’s grace, David stands strong. When it seemed like the Lord turned away, David was dismayed. He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord heard him. So, David continues to seek the Lord’s favor. He asks the Lord to continue listening to him. He asks the Lord to go on being gracious to him. David asks the Lord to keep on helping him. And because he sees how the Lord frees him from grief and clothes him with joy, David must sing out. He must give thanks to the Lord, His God. He cannot be silent. How about us? Do we sing praises to the Lord? Do we cry out to Him? Do we thank Him? Do we trust Him? Do we shout with joy to Him?
As my life moves from security to dismay, and back again, I can stand strong in the Lord. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. So, I will shout my joyful praise to the Lord.
I will praise the Lord for lifting me up. (1-5)
1 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
Comments: As he prepares for the dedication of his house, David remembers back to a time when the Lord rescued him. He praises the Lord, his God, for helping him out of a tough situation. The word extol means to raise up, to place high above. David says that he will lift high the praises of the Lord, who lifted him from the pit of destruction. The Lord lifted him. The Lord healed him. The Lord brought him up. The Lord kept him alive. Now, David cannot stop praising the Lord. He bursts out with joyful delight in the Lord. Questions: How about me? Do I burst out with joyful delight in the Lord? Do I praise Him for lifting me up? Do I consider His rescue? Do I consider the scope of His rescue? Illustration: But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5
Application: I will consider the scope of the Lord’s rescue. I will stand in awe of His deliverance. I will praise the Lord for lifting me up.
I will praise the Lord for not letting me go. (6-9)
6 Now as for me, I said in my prosperity, “I will never be moved.” 7 O Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong; You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
Comments: David knows that he got too big for his britches. In his season of plenty, David’s thirst for the Lord shrank. David saw himself invincible, undefeatable. And in that season, David felt both the Lord’s abundance and absence. You made me stand strong. You hid Your face. David was dismayed when the Lord turned away. Yet, he called out to the Lord, “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me; O Lord, be my helper.” And now, once again, David sees that even though he drifted from the Lord, and even though he experienced the Lord’s rebuke, the Lord did not let go of him. He praised the Lord for hearing his cry and helping him. Questions: How about me? What happens when I think too highly of myself? Do I see myself as invincible? Do I drift further from the Lord or do I quickly repent and seek Him? Do I call to Him? Do I stand ready to hear Him? By faith in Him, do I see how close He is to me? Do I praise Him for not letting go of me? Illustration: Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
your walls are continually before Me. ~ Isaiah 49:16
Application: I will consider the scope of the Lord’s rescue. I will stand in awe of His deliverance. I will praise the Lord for not letting me go.
I will praise the Lord for showing me grace. (10-12)
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Comments: David sees the Lord’s grace on full display. David was in a mess. David called to the Lord for help. The Lord heard. The Lord answered. Now, he asks the Lord to go on being gracious to him. David asks the Lord to keep on helping him. And because he sees how the Lord frees him from grief and clothes him with joy, David cannot be silent. He must sing out. He must give thanks to the Lord, His God. He must praise the Lord for showing him such undeserved grace. Questions: How about me? Do I realize the depth of the Lord’s grace? Do I see the height of His grace? Do I ponder this amazing grace? And do my thoughts of grace turn to words of praise for the Lord? Do I shout for joy?
Illustration: Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted. ~ Isaiah 49:13
Application: I will consider the scope of the Lord’s rescue. I will stand in awe of His deliverance. I will praise the Lord for showing me grace.
Word Study for Psalm 30
1 extol (ruwm—to be high above; exalted; to reach high; lift up; raise up; elevate; triumph)
1 lifted up (dalah—draw water from a well; save; rescue; deliver)
2 healed (rapha—repair; rebuild; mend; doctor; attend to healing; recover; cure; sew together)
4 give thanks (yadah—to praise; to confess; to throw; to cast; make a public confession)
5 moment (rega—instant; flash; a wink; a short while; a little moment)
5 favor (rason—pleasure; acceptance; goodwill; delight; satisfaction)
5 shout of joy (rinnah—cry of jubilation; rejoicing; singing; pride; ringing cry; entreaty; proclamation)
6 moved (mot—totter; shake; slip; stagger; flinch; topple; sway; reel)
7 stand (amad—to go up before; to take one’s stand; present; be firm; abide; establish)
8 made supplication (hanan—to favor; show favor; be gracious to; have mercy; show compassion)
11 have turned (hapak—overturn; overthrow; demolish; destroy; transform; change; overwhelm)
11 girded (azar—bind; belted; embraced; make strong; encompass; clasp; equip)
11 gladness (simmah—joy; delight; joyful happiness and cheerfulness; pleasure; mirth; jubilation)
12 soul (kabod—burden; heaviness; glory; honor)
12 be silent (damam—be quiet; not make sounds; be motionless; rigid; stand still)
Application for Psalm 30
Let’s extol the Lord.
Let’s cry out to the Lord.
Let’s sing praise to the Lord.
Let’s give thanks to the Lord.
Let’s remember the grace of the Lord.
Let’s stand firm in the Lord.
Let’s shout for joy to the Lord.
Let’s refuse to be silent about the Lord.
Gospel Connections for Psalm 30
Jesus lifted us from the pit. He rescued us from the enemies of sin and death. He is our perfect doctor, healing our wounds, and sewing us back together. He keeps us alive, so we sing praises to Him. We give thanks to Him. He is our rescue. He is our hope. In that moment on the cross, Jesus took our sin, experiencing the Father’s wrath. Jesus died. Friends placed his body in a tomb. They grieved deeply. But on the third day, early in the morning, tears of sorrow gave way to shouts of joy. He is alive. Jesus is alive. Our weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. Jesus gives us new life. Now, we know a lifetime of grace. Jesus is gracious to us. Jesus sets us free. Jesus turns our mourning into dancing. Jesus gives us joy. Jesus gives us life. We cannot be silent anymore. We must sing His praise. We must give Him thanks. We must declare His glory. We must shout for joy.
Thoughts and Quotes for Psalm 30
When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus. ~ Corrie ten Boom
A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot. ~ Augustine
Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its spring deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. ~ Samuel Gordon
Deep, contended joy comes from a place of complete security and confidence [in God] - even in the midst of trial.
~ Charles R. Swindoll
I rejoice to live in such a splendidly disturbing time! ~ Helen Keller
The Lord watches over us every moment of every day. He is there—and He cares—about every step and every breath. ~ Dillon Burroughs
A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House. A Psalm of David.
1 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
3 O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
4 Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
6 Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will never be moved.”
7 O Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
8 To You, O Lord, I called,
And to the Lord I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
10 “Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me;
O Lord, be my helper.”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.