In Psalm 30:1-5, David laid out a template of how to experience victory, healing, and life. Wouldn’t it be great if once we received Jesus as our Savior that life would be trouble-free? It’s not though!
Even David who was identified as a man after God’s own heart had hard times. He did not dwell in those difficult times but instead turned to the Lord. That is a practice in which we can learn from him.
I’ve learned that his anger lasts for a moment, but his loving favor lasts a lifetime! We may weep through the night, but at daybreak it will turn into shouts of ecstatic joy. Psalm 30:5 TPT
For this devotion, I chose to use the Passion Translation of the Bible. Leading up to verse 5 which is our passage for today listen to what the Psalmist wrote. The first verse starts with an exaltation. Lord, I will exalt you and lift you high.
That was the pattern of communicating with the Lord in both the Old and New Testaments. Even when Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, He started by addressing God and praising His name.
Then after the Psalmist David exalted God, each of the first 3 verses includes an action from God resulting in an action from the writer.
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David first reported an action by God. You have lifted me up on high! Over all my boasting, gloating enemies. The resulting action was, you made me to triumph.
The next verse says O Lord, my healing God, I cried out for a miracle. The rest of the verse reports and you healed me! Verse 3 continues with, You brought me back from the brink of death, from the depths below. What was the result? Now here I am, alive and well, fully restored!
In a related post, read about, Is There Healing When Jesus is Revealed?
If God gave you victory, healing, and life, how would you react? Hopefully, your reaction would be the same as David’s. Yes, offering praise to God and giving Him thanks! O sing and make melody, you steadfast lovers of God. Give thanks to him every time you reflect on his holiness!
Now we get to verse 5. Its first sentence says I’ve learned that his anger lasts for a moment. We must look at this phrase in the light of both Testaments. In the Old Testament God did demonstrate anger towards His people occasionally. Each occurrence had a beginning and an end.
In the New Testament, His anger is overshadowed by His grace while we are on this earth. And replaced by justice when we enter into eternity. Does that mean that He doesn’t get angry today? What I can tell you is, He is not very happy with those who reject His Son, Jesus.
David continued with, but his loving favor lasts a lifetime! For the born again, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb Christian, that promise extends for all of eternity. Our Blessed Hope is when Jesus comes to take us home with Him.
Until that happens though, life goes on with its daily ups and downs. The next part of verse 5 says we may weep through the night. That night, however, is almost over. Paul wrote in Romans 12, The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.
David told us what it will be like, at daybreak it will turn into shouts of ecstatic joy. We don’t have to wait for eternity to experience an ecstatic joy that comes in the morning. There is ecstatic joy in Jesus, today, right now! It is He who gives us victory, healing, and life.
You can read a related post here called Give God Thanks With All Of Your Heart. This is a review of Psalm 138.
Lord, thank you for your loving-kindness. Today we exalt you because you have given us victory, healing, and life. And you fill our hearts with joy.
Take time to read all of Psalm 30. It’s only 12 verses long.
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