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Psalm 30:1–11 KJV 1900
1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. 7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast Made my mountain to stand strong: Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. 8 I cried to thee, O Lord; And unto the Lord I made supplication. 9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper. 11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
Psalms 30:1-

Background / Introduction

Life centers around God.
Everything we have, He gave us.
Everything we are, He gave us the ability to become.
Every breath we breathe is from Him.
Our entire lives should be dedicated to His service.

Background

David is dedicating his house.
Some believe that he’s actually dedicating the newly completed palace.
The place from which he rules the nation of Israel.
The place where the throne is housed.
The dedication of a house was a common practice.
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Deuteronomy 20:5 KJV 1900
5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.
David is giving thanks for the blessings of God in his life at this dedication.
He’s also looking back to see where he would have been without God’s intervening grace.
He acknowledges his past sins.
He confesses that He is imperfect and had broken God’s law.
He knows that God would have been perfectly just in bringing judgment upon him.
Yet instead of what he deserved, God gave him a heart of repentance.
When David repented, God turned aside His anger and David was restored and preserved.

Verses 1 - 3

Psalm 30:1–3 KJV 1900
1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Extol

To exalt
To lift up high
To praise
To cheer
To laud

The Reason for David’s Praise

God, you have lifted me up.
You have not let my enemies triumph over me.
God, when I blew it, you convicted me of my sin.
My conscience burned within me and I repented.
I cried out to you in the midst of my failure, and you healed me.
You restored me to right standing with you.
When I deserved to die for the wickedness of my sin, God you preserved my life.
You kept me from dieing while bearing the weight of unconfessed sin.

Verses 4 & 5

Psalm 30:4–5 KJV 1900
4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalms
David invites all of the assembly to join him in praise.
He draws their attention to the holiness of God.
He’s reminding them that God is a good Father.
He does not leave us to chase our sins with abandon, but corrects us the way any good parent would train their child in righteousness.
For the child of God, God’s anger and displeasure with us is short lived because he brings us to repentance.
Sorrow caused by sin and judgment may last for a season in our lives, but it passes like the night.
As opposed to the lost person who will endure the wrath of God for an eternity, our joy comes in the morning.

Verse 6

Psalm 30:6 KJV 1900
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
In his prosperity, David was lifted up with pride as though he had built his own success.
This is forever the temptation among those who are materially blessed in this life.

Invictus

by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever g
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

Stark Differences

One had God and one is going it alone.
One has protection and one bloody and beaten
One knows that God has a plan and is in control, the other trusts in his own strength.
One looks for the grace of God in eternal life, the other sees nothing but the “Horror of the shade and the menace of years.”
Are you the one who sins, recognizes it, repents, and enjoys God’s favor?
Are you the one going it alone?
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