Today you should read: Psalm 30
Psalm 30 is a dedication song to the Lord, specifically, for the temple that was yet to be built. David, knowing that his son Solomon would have the privilege of building the temple, penned this song because his heart was in the work that the Lord would soon do. After all, David was a pretty integral part of God’s plan for Israel’s arrival to this very moment. Who better to write a song of dedication?
In verse 1, David begins by “extolling” or exalting the Lord. The word used here has a physical connotation to it, similar to lifting something up. Check out a note from one of my study tools:
Physically, this word refers to an object being raised to higher elevation. It often means that a person or object has an elevated status for admirers or worshipers. Often the greatness of the honored object is extolled. It can also refer to God exalting the needy by improving their social or economic status. NLT Study Bible
David was lifting the Lord up, or exalting Him, because of all that the Lord had done for him and for Israel. Verses 1b-3 are the reasons given for extolling his God: (1) deliverance from enemies, (2) hearing his prayer, (3) restoring health, (4) redemption from sin and death. It sounds pretty similar to Exodus 20 and Joshua 24, doesn’t it? God has done great things for us, and the proper responses are worship and devotion.
Verse 4 and 5 call us to sing to the Lord and remember that, while we deal with God’s judgment and consequences from our sin, joy comes soon for those who follow the Lord. Verse 6 reminds us that we would be prideful to think that we can make it on our own apart from God’s providence and sovereign hand. In verses 8-10, David makes a plea to the Lord for His mercy, which is especially fitting since the temple was a sign of mercy to the Israelites. The sacrifice for sin was not their own lives or blood, but in the blood of lambs (ultimately of His Son, the final and perfect Lamb).
This psalm closes with yet another cry of thanksgiving to the Lord, a common theme throughout the whole book. David’s mourning has become dancing, only because the goodness of God.
Church, what are some of your reasons to extol, or “lift up” the Lord today? What thanksgiving can you lay at Jesus’ feet? In the comment section below, let’s praise and thank the Lord for who He is and what He has done in our lives.
Posted by: Todd Thomas