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Let our glory sing praise to Him

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Psalm 30 is titled “A Song at the dedication of the house of David.”  Perhaps David himself composed the psalm.  Whether or not he did, several things mentioned in the psalm could certainly apply to David. 

The psalmist says that God had lifted him up and not let his enemies rejoice over him.  The Lord had healed him and kept him alive.  Apparently when he was in great trouble, the Lord had delivered him shown favor.  David could have said all those things about the circumstances in his life.  The psalmist cried out to the Lord that his death would not profit because he would not be able to praise the Lord and declare His truth.  Seemingly, he was thinking more of the Lord’s glory than his own life.

He notes that the Lord had turned his mourning into dancing and clothed him with gladness.  David had reason to mourn at much in his life.  He suffered persecution from his king causing him to flee as an outcast.  He sometimes had his own men turn against him and even his own son initiated a rebellion.  For a time, the Ark of God was held by his enemies.  Beyond those things was his own great sin of adultery, deceit, and murder.

But David had reason to dance as well and did when the Ark was returned to Jerusalem.  At that time he danced before the Lord in such a way that his wife, Michal, despised him.  When she criticized him, he said, “It was before the LORD, Who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD—and I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes.”  Again, David was more concerned with the Lord’s glory than his own life.  He was willing to be abased even in his wife’s eyes as he praised the Lord.

Psalm 30 ends with words that could have come from David’s mouth, “….that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.  O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

Regardless of who wrote the psalm, there is much with which we identify.  We have all been in trouble and known the Lord’s deliverance.  We have all be sick and know His healing.  We have all been discouraged and been lifted up by Him.

And certainly, we have reason to mourn over our sin as David did.  But we have great reason to rejoice.  God has removed our sin from us with the blood of His Son.  Our mourning has been turned to gladness.  We have reason to declare His glory rather than our own.  May we say with the psalmist, “let my glory sing praise to You and not be silent.”  May we give thanks to Him forever.



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Mary Leadbetter

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Redeemer Church

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