“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. 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.”
Psalms 30:1-5 NKJV
Favor for life
There are times when I let my emotions get the best of me, as I find myself reflecting on temporal things, especially the loss of the joys of the visceral. I lament all the things I used to be able to do, and feel a great and weighty sadness. Right on cue, the Lord brings reminder of the greatest of all truths: one day soon I will see Him face to face.
What is to come is far superior to what has been, and there will be no end to it, no decline, only the increasing revelation of the glory of God.
In these days, caught between the mortal and the immortal, I sometimes feel as though I am on a rollercoaster, with mountain top highs and deep, fleshly lows. I would have to say that reading Psalm thirty was a delight, as I could see the faithfulness of the Lord, and the reality that His favor is for life.
In my darkest moments, when I have felt so abandoned and alone, the Lord has always been there, even before I knew Him. When I look back at my life, I see the little graces the Lord bestowed on this sinner, still caught up in wretchedness. The greatest grace of all was the coming of the Lord Jesus into a world that hated Him, that He die for our sins.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
When I consider the beginning of this Psalm, I see the work that the Lord was doing in my heart in preparation. He lifted me up, He did not allow sin to overtake me, He kept my foes at bay, especially the greatest foe of all: the one I saw in the mirror. The Holy Spirit convicted me of my need for a savior.
The holiness of God contradicted the unholiness of my flesh, and I was able to see whereas previously I was blind. Amazing grace.
There have been difficult time, when the old man in me has sought to go back to the things that colored my life previously, but God is faithful, for He would convict me anew. With the conviction came consequence, as I would feel so distant from my Lord.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.”
Psalms 51:1-2 NKJV
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:7-10 NKJV
Self righteousness is a poison, that has the power to sear the heart so much so, that the voice of God is muted. I often have found that the moment I am climbing from the mire pit, when my feet have finally found solid ground, I can be prone to forget just how sinful I was just a moment before.
In my past, I was one to be like a spiritual amnesiac, selecting deleting my bad moments and dwelling proudly on the good. It was not until the breaking began, when all I held dear in this world began to be taken away, that I could see and remember what the grace of God had done for me.
It is easy to forget what the Lord has done. Fortunately, the Lord is faithful to remove some of His cover that we have a means of remembrance.
“Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!””
Psalms 30:6-10 NKJV
God has used trials to remind me, and He has shown me time and time again that He is but an anguished cry way.
Brothers and sisters, let us remember the faithfulness of God and consider His great favor which is for a lifetime. You may be one who is at this very moment going through a low point, a struggle. It can be something that has been thrust upon you, or of your own making, but know that the Lord is near.
“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.”
Psalms 30:5 NKJV
Call out to Him today! Remember that His word is true and is filled with examples of those who have gone before us, who have found that our God is true. In the end of all the trials and tribulations, whether now or in the future, the Lord will bring great joy.
Rejoice my people, for we serve a holy and just God who is faithful. He does not change, and He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Jesus is coming again!
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
Psalms 30:11-12 NKJV
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