Written by: Tim Wood

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you (have) lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you (have) healed me.3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you (have) spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”7 Lord, you (have) favored me, you (have) made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. 8 To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: 9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.”11 You (have) turned my wailing into dancing; you (have) removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

David wrote this Psalm when the temple was dedicated. It’s a song of praise. He begins by saying, “I will exalt you Lord” and ends by declaring, “I will praise you forever.” It makes sense that a festive time like dedicating the temple would be cause for praising God. But I believe David is showing us how to get our praise on for God no matter what is going on in our life.

Two words are repeated seven times in Psalm 30--"you have" (parenthesis above). David is praising God for what He has done for him. Are you doing that today?  In verse 6 David shares a personal testimony: When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” David is speaking about a time of prosperity without acknowledging God for the prosperity. Did you notice he says, “I” three times. Being prosperous without humility will always lead to adversity.  Why? Because we start to be more concerned with things than we are with God. David thought he couldn’t be shaken. He found out that his prosperity did not guarantee security. So instead of saying "I will" or "I will not," he began saying "You have." He submitted his will to God's will. You have lifted me. You have defeated my enemies. You have given me victory. You have answered my prayer. You have healed me. You have kept me alive. You have established me. You have transformed my sorrow into joy!

Do you want to get your praise on for God? Then stop saying, “I will” or “I will not” and start saying, “You have.” It’s amazing how our whole attitude and outlook can be transformed by praising God. As David focused his attention on God; God transformed his wailing into dancing. God exchanged a garment of grief (sackcloth) into a garment of joy. This joy, like a piece of clothing, surrounded him on every side. David did not give the credit for this change in his attitude and outlook to positive thinking or to his own powers of mind over matter. No, he clearly saw it as a gift from the hand of his Creator.

Lord, we thank you that you turn our sorrows into joy as we focus on you!  AMEN.