Sing Praise…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 30

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. 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.

 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

 By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

 To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy:

 “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?

 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!”

 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!

 

How far have we sunk into the pit? God is able to pull us out. Depression? Wrong living? Burnt conscience? This psalmist was a man of war with all that alone entails. He was adulterous; killed the husband of the wife he committed adultery with. Yet he gives praise to Adonai, God, for pulling him out of hell. He was consumed with grief and depression over the loss of his child, but praised God for the joy that comes in the morning…

 

It does not matter how dark the night is, day dawns with light and the darkness must leave. It does not matter how dark our soul becomes; day dawns with light when the Son of God comes and rises within us. The darkness must leave. Give glory and praise to the one who brings the light to our souls, to our lives. Sing with the psalmist:

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!

 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.

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