Sunday, August 24, 2014


Psalm 30:2-5          O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is  but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

A psalm of remembrance

Knowing God in his worship experience has done great things for the psalmist. Human beings like to think in terms of up and down. At one moment we are down, depressed and low. At other times we speak of being up, on cloud-nine. Down denotes sorrow. Up denotes joy. Maybe this is why we think of heaven as being up there beyond the rainbow in the sky. Hell is down, down low beneath the surface of the earth.

The writer says that God has pulled him up out of misery into joy. Not saying from what place or situation he has been raised up from, he does say that the event brought him healing. His rescue was by God. He could have been sick or in prison, we do not know. For the writer there is no clear line between sickness of the body or sickness of the soul. Our God is the great Physician of all the body’s ailments.

            God never misses the trials and temptations we go through in life. He never gives us more than we are able physically and emotionally and spiritually to handle. In the midst of our trials we are expected to cry out to him. He hears and if we listen carefully we will know His response.

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