Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5 (NIV)
Read: Psalm 30:1-12
Consider: Today’s psalm is attributed to David and is stated as being a song for the dedication of the temple. This would explain the emphasis put on praise in the psalm (Psalm 30:1, 4, 12). On first reading you may think the content of the psalm is a little strange for something to be sung at the dedication of the temple. The psalm could be read within the context of an individual and God’s dealings with them, or the ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘my’ could be read as collective, referring to the nation of Israel. If read as referring to an individual, this could be David himself reflecting on his trials and tribulations and the faithfulness of God throughout his life. If referring to the nation of Israel, the psalm may be reflecting on how the nation of Israel wavered between wandering away from God and God demonstrating his patience and faithfulness in encouraging the Israelites to repent and be restored to him.
When I read Psalm 30:5 this made me think of how when in the middle of a situation which shakes us to the core, it can be very difficult to focus on God. The mind may be flooded with negative thoughts that cause us to think that all is lost. However, when we read: ‘… weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning’ (30:5), this should give us courage and hope in the face of difficulties. This also reminded me of something we read in another psalm: Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered for ever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes (Psalm 112:6-8). Notice that the psalmist does not say that the righteous person will never receive bad new, but that they will have no fear of bad news. Putting our trust in God for the outcome means that we can relax, not in a fatalistic way, but to stand firm on what God has said in his Word.
And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Pray: Father, we praise you for the strength you can give us when we face difficulties in life. May our hearts be steadfast, not fearing, but trusting in you for the outcome. Amen