Introduction: This psalm offers us a superscription, which I am always happy to have so we can have more information concerning the nature of the psalm.
However, this superscription does not give us much information and has led to much speculation. Some believe it was a song dedicated to the completion of the house of David, that is the palace.
Others think this was a psalm penned for the dedication of the temple that his son Solomon would build and complete after David died. It does not matter what building this psalm was penned for its dedication. The psalm is written as a psalm of thanksgiving.
Specifically, we will see David describe his thanksgiving for deliverance from various circumstances. This psalm thanks God for repeatedly bringing David through his difficulties. As we approach this psalm, we will notice a number of contrasts that David expresses to show where he was and where God has placed him now.
Depths of despair As we have seen in many of the psalms thus far, David describes a terrible situation that he found himself in. By reading these first three verses, we are left with the impression that David was afflicted with a terrible sickness.
So ill was David that he believed he was going to die. Verse 3 describes the feeling of being at the breaking point of death. David felt that he was right on the edge and was about to go down into the pit of death. Further, this illness had caused his enemies to rejoice. They were gloating and rejoicing over what David was experiencing.
It is hard to be kicked while we are down. We would like for others to be compassionate and concerned about us. God lifted David up from depths of his illness and despair. David says that the Lord brought him up from the grave and was spared from going down into the pit.
This tells us the severity of what David was experiencing. David seems to think that all was lost concerning his life and that there was no other hope but what the Lord could do for help. Because God had spared David, he will exalt and praise the Lord for what has been done for him. After praying to God, Isaiah comes to Hezekiah and tells him that God has chosen to extend his life 2 Kings We are presented with the first aspect of what we can expect from God.
We learn that we can go to God concerning our physical health and ask God to help us to overcome whatever our affliction may be. While our spiritual health and spiritual things are of greater importance than anything physical, we clearly learn that God will listen to our prayers concerning our physical health and well-being.
We do not need to pray for the doctors to find out what is wrong. We do not need to pray for another person to have the wisdom and knowledge to treat us. The psalm may move gracefully into joy once again verses , but we are left with trauma as an insistent memory just beneath the surface of our recovery. Psalm 30 inscribes holy space in two temporal dimensions. One dimension is the contested space of historical time lived in God's presence.
We are drawn into the drama of the life of the believer with its doubts and joys, its anger and trust, its barely-suppressed fear of enemies. But another temporal dimension unfolds as well: the sacred space of eternity, in which God's favor continually heals believers and clothes them with joy.
Mourning turns to dancing; sackcloth is traded for a garment of rejoicing. These are liturgical terms: we are led to perceive the "Temple," as both literal and spiritual edifice, holding together these two dimensions of faithful living. It is not the case that we struggle and then are healed, once and for all.
That might suggest that God's redemption is a commodity that believers could seek to manipulate liturgically. Rather, we seek God through the changeable rhythms of joyous praising and bitter wrestling.
Faith is lived in a dance of mourning and rejoicing -- a dance that is by turns brutal and lyrical, as the turbulent Hebrew meter of this poem might suggest. Belief means alternately challenging and submitting to One whose power to save cannot be bounded by our expectations.
But David may also be thinking of plots within his kingdom by Jewish enemies or of the days he had to flee from King Saul. Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. He took careful inventory of his crisis but would not dwell on it. He understood that Yahweh was his God You are my God and therefore greater than all his trouble. David could say my times are in Your hand because He understood that God was in control and ruled from heaven.
God presented him with the option of three punishments. David chose the punishment that would most completely set them in the hands of the Lord, explaining: Please let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man 2 Samuel Boice saw in all this an application to the seasons of life for the Christian. Make Your face to shine upon Your servant : David borrowed from the priestly blessing described in Numbers , asking for the goodness and the favor of God to be showered upon him.
Let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grave : David asked God to do to his enemies that which his enemies wished to do unto David. Disappointed of my hopes. Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues. Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You : The same David who knew such trouble in Psalm praised God so completely at the end of the song. This is because David had a deep trust in God as reflected in Psalm , and that trust was rewarded with joy.
They regard it as only a thing for mystics or the super-spiritual. Yet David was a warrior and man well acquainted with the realities of life.
To such a hiding-place Satan himself dare not approach. There the pride of man cannot come. From the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues : The presence of God was so secure for David that he found refuge from not only the plots of his enemies, but even from the attacks of their words the strife of tongues.
He hungers alone, but he feasts in company. If we do, shame upon us! And we do, I am quite sure; so let us be ashamed and confounded that it should ever be needful to urge us to love our Lord. A soul that truly loves God does not lack any reasons for loving Him. God gives us many reasons to love Him.
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Douay-Rheims Bible For thou art my strength and my refuge; and for thy name's sake thou wilt lead me, and nourish me. Darby Bible Translation For thou art my rock and my fortress; and, for thy name's sake, thou wilt lead me and guide me. English Revised Version For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me.
Webster's Bible Translation For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. World English Bible For you are my rock and my fortress, therefore for your name's sake lead me and guide me. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name.Psalm 30 - A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David. I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his.