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Read Psalm 30


Read Psalm 30

I praise you, Lord, because you have saved me
   and kept my enemies from gloating over me.
2 I cried to you for help, O Lord my God,
   and you healed me;
3     you kept me from the grave.
I was on my way to the depths below,[b]
   but you restored my life.

4 Sing praise to the Lord,
   all his faithful people!
Remember what the Holy One has done,
   and give him thanks!
5 His anger lasts only a moment,
   his goodness for a lifetime.
Tears may flow in the night,
   but joy comes in the morning.

6 I felt secure and said to myself,
   “I will never be defeated.”
7 You were good to me, Lord;
   you protected me like a mountain fortress.
But then you hid yourself from me,
   and I was afraid.

8 I called to you, Lord;
   I begged for your help:
9 “What will you gain from my death?
   What profit from my going to the grave?
Are dead people able to praise you?
   Can they proclaim your unfailing goodness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and be merciful!
   Help me, Lord!”

11 You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance;
   you have taken away my sorrow
   and surrounded me with joy.
12 So I will not be silent;
   I will sing praise to you.
Lord, you are my God;
   I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 30:1 HEBREW TITLE: A song for the dedication of the Temple; a psalm by David.
Psalm 30:3 The world of the dead (see 6.5).
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


This Psalm is a Psalm of David for the dedication of the temple.  The temple would only be built after David had died; so in one sense "...but you restored my life." (Verse 3) might refer to David's legacy.  We also know that the temple reflects heavenly reality - the hope that we all have - the song we will all sing when we enter the heavenly temple descended to earth at resurrection.


Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning (Verse 5).  

As I pray to you O Lord I bring you my tears; each containing some of my reasons for sadness and despair.  As the sun rises let the dawn light illuminate them and turn them into joy and laughter.

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