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Psalm 30

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the temple. Of David.

1

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,

and did 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 brought up my soul from Sheol,

restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

 

4

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful 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 linger 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 had established me as a strong mountain;

you hid your face;

I was dismayed.

 

8

To you, O Lord, I cried,

and to the Lord I made supplication:

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 gracious to me!

O Lord, be my helper!”

 

11

You have turned my mourning into dancing;

you have taken off my sackcloth

and clothed me with joy,

12

so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.


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Verses 1–5

The great things the Lord has done for us, both by his providence and by his grace, bind us in gratitude to do all we can to advance his kingdom among men, though the most we can do is but little. God's saints in heaven sing to him; why should not those on earth do the same? Not one of all God's perfections carries in it more terror to the wicked, or more comfort to the godly, than his holiness. It is a good sign that we are in some measure partakers of his holiness, if we can heartily rejoice at the remembrance of it. Our happiness is bound up in the Divine favour; if we have that, we have enough, whatever else we want; but as long as God's anger continues, so long the saints' weeping continues.

Verses 6–12

When things are well with us, we are very apt to think that they will always be so. When we see our mistake, it becomes us to think with shame upon our carnal security as our folly. If God hide his face, a good man is troubled, though no other calamity befal him. But if God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, it will be the greatest folly if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark. The sanctified spirit, which returns to God, shall praise him, shall be still praising him; but the services of God's house cannot be performed by the dust; it cannot praise him; there is none of that device or working in the grave, for it is the land of silence. We ask aright for life, when we do so that we may live to praise him. In due time God delivered the psalmist out of his troubles. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when employed in praising God. He would persevere to the end in praise, hoping that he should shortly be where this would be the everlasting work. But let all beware of carnal security. Neither outward prosperity, nor inward peace, here, are sure and lasting. The Lord, in his favour, has fixed the believer's safety firm as the deep-rooted mountains, but he must expect to meet with temptations and afflictions. When we grow careless, we fall into sin, the Lord hides his face, our comforts droop, and troubles assail us.




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