Day 30: Psalm 30

 Psalm 30: David's Palace

Psalm 30
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.
Of David.

(1)I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
(2)LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
(3)You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.

(4)Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
(5)For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

(6)When I felt secure, I said, "I will never be shaken."
(7)LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.

(8)To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:
(9)"What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
(10)Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help."

(11)You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
(12)that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.

At first glance, we would think this was a psalm to commemorate the completion of God's temple in Jerusalem. At least by the title.

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.

But the King James Version (KJV) says this:

A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David 

The exact dates are unknown, but the first temple was built by Solomon--David's son--somewhere around 950 BC and destroyed, along with the entire city of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, around 500 BC.

For those history folks like me, here are some approximate lifetime dates:
David 1040-970 BC, reign 1010-970
Solomon 1010-931 BC, reign 970-931 BC

The prophet Nathan recorded a wonderful story in 2 Samuel 7. I love this interaction between David and God. Take a few moments to read this chapter in your Bible and enjoy...

According to 2 Samuel 7, David knew he was not the one to build a house for Lord. It's possible that David is still singing in this psalm about that future temple where the Ark of the Covenant will reside and God's people will be able to go to worship Him. 

But it's also possible David sings instead about his own home.

Some Bible scholars believe this psalm was written to commemorate and to bless David's home, his palace in Jerusalem. He was finally able to settle down and rule God's people from a palace. 

God had brought him from the depths of a cave, living on the run and in fear for his life, to living in the splendor of a palace. 

Therefore, this psalm is all about God's faithfulness and saving grace, isn't it?! I love that!

In his blog, Pastor David Guzik says that David was reminding his people who to praise on this momentous occasion... "You see the strength of my kingdom and the splendor of this palace. All seems good and secure on a day like today. Yet no one should forget that there were many times my life was in great danger and I was close to death. Praise the God who delivered me!"

Many have even used this psalm to dedicate their own homes to the Lord as David once did all that time ago. Do we do that though? Or do we look at our home and think, "Look at what my hands have built! I'm so amazing!"

Take it from David and dedicate your home to the Lord, that He brought you where you are, and He provided for you.

This is not a song in awe of the splendor of the palace or marveling at the workmanship of the man made building, it is all about God, God's faithfulness and grace and provision.

I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou has lifted me up... KJV

"I would render according to the benefits received. The Psalmist's praise was reasonable. He had a reason to give for the praise that was in his heart. He had been drawn up like a prisoner from a dungeon, like Joseph out of the pit, and therefore he loved his deliverer. Grace has lifted us from the pit of hell, from the ditch of sin, from the Slough of Despond, from the bed of sickness, from the bondage of doubts and fears: have we no song to offer for all of this?"
--Charles Spurgeon

David remembers God's faithfulness:

You called me out of the depths
I called to you for help and you healed me 
You brought me up and you spared me

David is quite sure WHO saved him and his people all these years. He is quite sure WHO he owes his thanks and gratitude to. 

I've heard it said, "What if tomorrow, all you had was what you had thanked God for yesterday."


Sing and praise the Lord. Always.

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. KJV

Like a good father disciplining his beloved child. Just a moment. This verse is evidence of the certainty of God's comfort and joy. There is a "night" for God's discipline. There is a "night" for weeping. 

But...night does not last forever.
Morning is but just ahead...

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, 
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23

David goes on to remember what he has been through; he summarizes the ups and downs. I like the NLT here:
When I was prosperous, I said, "Nothing can stop me now!"
Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

I cried out to you, O LORD. 
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying, "What will you gain if I die, If I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me. 
Help me, O LORD."
(V6-10 NLT)

David had been on the run from Saul (the previous king of Israel and also his father in law) for many years. He and his fighting men still fought for Israel and protected themselves, they still stood proudly for the Lord despite having no where to call home. He probably felt "as secure as a mountain" at times and shattered and lost at others. 

The ups and downs of life. 

I love verse 10; do you ever feel that sometimes those are the only words you have?
Hear me, Lord.
Have mercy on me, Lord.
Help me, Lord.

Just like you and me, David had moments of wondering if God was even there. Had He turned His back? Had He forgotten His promises? 

Now David has peace in his life, with his neighbors, within his court, with his family. David has moved his people to settle in Jerusalem. He has brought the Ark into the city and placed it in a tent, possibly erected the Tabernacle. 

All is good, and it is time to praise the Lord.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God I will praise you forever.

Sing praise indicates that David that in some special way, God regards and receives praise that is presented to him in song. We sense that to David, it would be a sin to be silent.
--David Guzik

My friends, the sobering truth is that David's palace was destroyed. The home he finally celebrated and thanked the Lord for no longer exists. There is an interesting article about an Israeli Archaeologist, Eliat Mazar, who may have found a portion of one of the walls. I will link the article below. 

David's palace is gone. 

But God is still faithful.

So, my friends, today give thanks, shout and sing praises to the Lord for the things He has done. He has been faithful throughout time. He was faithful to David. He is faithful today. 

Regardless of what happens with the election today, whether the virus numbers rise or fall, or government restrictions ease or tighten, or whatever burden lies upon your heart today...

God IS faithful. 

He is real and present and in control.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
Deuteronomy 7:9

Thank you Father for your promises. Thank you that you are faithful and in control. That when our world feels like it's spinning out of control, we can stand on the Truth. Your Truth. That you are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Nothing is new under the sun. Today, we rest in your strength and your promises and your faithfulness. We praise you for your goodness.


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