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Psalm 30 – I Praise You!

 June 25, 2024

There are a multitude of reasons to praise our God. Psalm 30 lists just a few of these. What can we learn about praise from Psalm 30 – I praise you? What do we learn about God?

Psalm 30

Psalm 30 begins with words of praise to our God who rescued the psalmist from foes, grief, and death.

I praise you, Lord, for you raised me up

and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.

O Lord, my God,

I cried out to you for help and you healed me.

Lord, you brought my soul up from Sheol;

you let me live, from going down to the pit.” (1-3)

He goes on to praise God for God’s memory and that God’s anger is short-lived:

Sing praise to the Lord, you faithful;

give thanks to his holy memory.

For his anger lasts but a moment; his favor a lifetime.

At dusk weeping comes for the night;

but at dawn there is rejoicing.”  (4-5)

Then in verses 6-12 he gives account of his experience with God. His sin? Over-confidence. He forgot that God was the source of all he had. God withdrew from him, or more accurately he withdrew from God, resulting in his troubles.

Complacent, I once said, ‘I shall never be shaken.’

Lord, you showed me favor, established for me mountains of virtue.

But when you hid your face I was struck with terror.” (6-7)

The writer appeals to God stating:

What gain is there from my lifeblood, from my going down to the grave?

Does dust give you thanks or declare your faithfulness?” (10)

What will God gain if the writer dies? He will no longer be able to sing God’s praises.

But God in God’s abundant goodness, forgave his sins. The psalm ends in a beautiful chorus of praise.

You changed my mourning into dancing;

you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.

So that my glory may praise you and not be silent.

O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.” (11-12)

Psalm 30 – I Praise You!

Why did the psalmist praise God? Because God raised him up and didn’t let his enemies prevail over him. Because God healed him and brought him out of Sheol, a near death experience. Other reasons are God’s mercy: God’s anger lasts but a moment. God changes mourning into dancing.

Among the reasons I praise God is for the morning.

As I’ve been enjoying my morning coffee and reflecting on this psalm, the Irving Berlin song, I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning, has been swirling around in my brain. It’s a tribute to appreciating the simple things in life, like the sun in the morning and the moon at night, simple gifts of nature. (I Got the Sun in the Morning – Bing video)

Each morning brings the promise of a new day, new potential. I praise God for the gift of forgiveness and the ability to start anew every morning. I praise God for how God turns mourning into dancing; for how God brings new life out of death.

What reasons do you have to praise God? I would love to hear from you!

(For reflections on Joy in the Morning and God’s Holy Memory check out: Psalm 30: Joy Comes with the Morning – Patricia M Robertson and God’s Holy Memory – Psalm 30:5 – Patricia M Robertson)

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