A Heart of Praise


Psalm 30:5 – “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

When we start reading Psalm 30, we get a sense that David was very thankful because the LORD had lifted him up from the depths; because the LORD heard his call for help and healed him; because the LORD brought him up from the grave, from going down into the pit.

Maybe David was very ill, faced death for a moment, and though anger is not a quality of God, he felt that God’s anger was followed by God’s favor.  God delivering him from death- to life. Whether the night was a single one, or an entire week in darkness that caused weeping and sorrow, when God’s favor acted upon David’s life, morning broke through. With the morning the joy of a new day. Of hope. Of life.

Though we may experience suffering, pain, illness, these feelings are not constant, they can only last for a moment, because God’s favor and grace brings forward joy and we forget our “momentary troubles”.

David’s heart was so beautiful: he starts exalting and praising our God for all the good things He had done for him.  He wanted to be useful for God in this world, praise His name, and sing songs that the pit or the dust could not do on his behalf.  He was thankful because the LORD had turned his wailing into dancing- and his darkest night into a joyful morning!

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