By Ellen Ceely
“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 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. . . . You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm 30: 1-5,11-12)
The transformation that God performs in the hearts of his people is truly amazing. Psalm 30 celebrates the saving power of the Lord. When humanity chose to disobey God in the garden of Eden, God could have let humanity suffer the penalty for their sin forever. But instead, God promised redemption and salvation. When the nation of Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness, God could have let them wander in their sin forever. But instead, God kept his promise to his people.
In this psalm, David praises God at the dedication of the temple. This was a glorious event for the people of Israel, and David led the people in recounting God’s faithfulness. Thousands of years later, we can celebrate the same steadfast love of God. We can rehearse the events in our lives that celebrate how God has lifted us up, protected us, and restored us. Personally, he has saved me from going down dangerous paths, and his joy always greets me after nights of weeping. God has chosen to have mercy upon me, to remain faithful despite my unfaithfulness. His grace can turn my mourning into dancing.
Ultimately, when I think over my life and journey with Christ, I join David in saying: “O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm 30:12). God opened my eyes of faith, and he has been so good to me. Life has not always been easy, simple, or happy, but God has been faithful in his grace to me. I know where I’d be without Jesus, and it’s not a happy tale.
What’s the song of your heart right now? Take some time to pray and pour out your heart to God.We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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