Psalm 30:5 is one of my favorites in all of scripture. 6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, Only in Him will we have everlasting joy both in this life and in the life to come! Amen. Yahweh my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (v. 12). The Psalmist concludes this Psalm with these words, Psalm 31, The Lord Preserves the Faithful. Therefore, when God breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, “the man became a living being” (nepes) (Genesis 2:7). © 2005-2015 All Rights Reserved. Weeping may stay for the night, ), which the WEB has updated. She is also the author of Prayer Portions, Safe In The Father’s Heart and many more titles. 11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. But there will be no night in the new Jerusalem, because “the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (v. 23). Remember, that morning may not come until our entrance into God's heavenly kingdom; but that will truly be a morning of great joy. 7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. The psalmist catches himself and stops trying to persuade Yahweh that Yahweh has something to gain by helping the psalmist. A Devotional Exposition. The first time I read the psalm, what jumped out at me is who God is in the verbs telling what he does: The Septuagint (the LXX, the Greek translation of the Old Testament) translates Sheol as Hades. “You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit” (Hebrew: bor) (v. 3b). The Israelites used the word nepes to mean breath, the animating force that gives the creature life––and, by extension, the living creature itself. Yahweh may have saved him from death. I woke up the morning of the last day in that apartment. His deliverance of Israel from its enemies. Let us lift up our voices and give Him the praise He is due. Jesus contrasts being “exalted to heaven” and “brought down to Hades” (Matthew 11:23), making clear that Hades is not to be desired. Was so Holy and did not always give the king a taste of the Almighty’s wrath when David sinned (vss. Here we have the psalmist responding to being lifted up from a bad situation by lifting up the Lord’s name in praise. 1  (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2012), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. 6 ¶ And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. The pit reminds us of Joseph, who was thrown in a pit by his brothers, intending that he would die there. Yahweh’s intervention was transformational, changing his mourning into dancing and his sackcloth into festive garments. Was so Holy and did not always give the king a taste of the Almighty’s wrath when David sinned (vss. And I awaken to it with new life, with the joy of having survived the night. No roommate, no one to barter with for where things should go, no one’s schedule to work my life around, no one needing me to be quiet during their study hours or inviting other people over when I wanted solitude. This emphasis on remembrance carries through to the New Testament, where Jesus made remembrance a key component of the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26). but joy comes in the morning. Count your blessings, name them one by one, When studying it in one of my favorite classes, a professor told me that in Hebrew, the language this was first written in, it is almost a story. “For (Yahweh’s) anger  (Hebrew: ‘ap) is but for a moment (v. 5a). Perhaps the best way to understand this is to note the importance that Yahweh placed on people remembering his mighty works: When people remembered these things, they remembered Yahweh––and Yahweh’s name. He had real emotions of depression, weeping, desperation, dismay at unanswered prayer, mourning, and the sackcloth of fasting. Copy the website address and paste it into the subject line of an email. People often awaken in the middle of the night, troubled by a problem that they are helpless to resolve until daylight comes. That word appears in the Old Testament about 60 times, and means the grave or death (Genesis 37:35; 42:38, etc.). It seems as though they never grieve. In this verse, pit is a synonym for Sheol, and is thus intended to mean a place of death––”a dreadful end” (Ezekiel 26:20-21). Notice that David began the psalm with praise, praised God and gave thanks in the middle, and ended with praise and thanksgiving. And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Refrain: Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! His leadership into the Promised Land (Joshua 1ff). “What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit? Daily Devotion of Psalm 30 | Daily View New Testament Devotions We have much for which to be grateful. Daily Nugget: Some commentaries suggest the song Psalm 30 was written when David completed a threshing floor. I feel renewed, having spent my night coming to understand myself and my situation better. He was riding high, and unprepared for the day when he might fall. At first blush, it would appear that the psalmist is thanking Yahweh for healing his illness. Joy comes with the morning light and remains with you, steadfast. And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. © Sylvia Gunter, 2014. Sylvia is the founder of The Father’s Business.