Reading Psalm 30, you feel a little bit like you are on a roller coaster. Praise and pit. Healing and hurt. Weeping and joy. Wailing and dancing. We could almost recommend a good counselor or medication for David’s up and downs. That is until we remember we function much the same.
As David remembers the ups and downs of his life, what ties everything together is God. When life has been great, God was there. When he was in despair, God was there. When he was on the top of the world, assuming nothing could ever touch him again and then found out he was so very wrong, God was even there. Regardless of the situation, God was with David. And that gave David reason to praise.
Life will never be all roses and buttercups for us. We live in a fallen world. Sin is real. Evil exists. But regardless of what happens, we can cry out to the Lord, and let David’s prayer be our prayer. “Lord, heal me, lift me, heal me, spare me, hear me, be merciful to me, and clothe me with joy.”
Questions to Consider:
- What area of your life are you lacking joy? Have you asked God for help there?
- Are you able to praise God regardless of what is happening to you? If not, why?
- Pause today and think of a time you have seen God move on your behalf and speak aloud a prayer of praise.