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~ Psalm 30 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~
~ Psalm 30 ~ Spiritual Journey From The Beginning To The End Of The Psalm ~
The Psalm is a marvelous collection of endless, perceptive, insightfully profound spiritual wisdom! This succinct magnificent bravura Psalm is creatively, exuberant and prolifically descriptive in its excited tenor to exalt the Lord! David is elated since he has just risen out of a clamorous emotionally depressing situation. He describes himself as being in a lowered state of mind, making him feel as though he was shrouded within a deep, dark gloomy pit. No doubt as king his responsibilities werre numerous!
It is thought by some theologians that possibly David wrote this Psalm shortly after he had numbered the people? His reason for taking a census was not good. David should have trusted in God instead of taking pride in the numbers. The Lord had blessed David tremendously and he decided that he wanted to take a census to number Israel. The Word says; “And satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” I Chronicles 21:1 (KJV) This was not a wise decision because rather than relying upon the Lord he counted on the strength and number of his troops.
The Lord was not at all pleased with David’s decision to number his people. This resulted in a disastrous plague of pestilence. When the atrocious plague fell upon the people of Israel over seventy thousand died. David eventually comes to his senses, repents, builds an altar to the Lord and makes sacrifices of burnt offerings and peace offerings.
David himself had a great desire to build a Temple of worship for the Lord. But since he was a man of war and much bloodshed was upon his hands the privilege of erecting the temple was given to his son Solomon. Over the years David made careful preparations and dutifully collects the finest materials for the construction of the Temple of the Lord. He then calls, Solomon his son and invokes his blessings upon him as his successor. The Lord lets him know that there will be peace and quietness for Israel since Solomon is a man of rest. He then instructs his son the future King of Israel and charges him with the responsibility to build the Temple for the Lord God of Israel. He charged all the princes of Israel to support and assist him. When Solomon becomes King he is respected and known for his godly wisdom.
Here in this Psalm we are reminded of the importance of depending upon the Lord! When we trust in God rather than in what we can see we can accomplish much. As believers we are to “walk by Faith!”
Book of Praise Lesson Highlights
“A Psalm of David”
Theme: A celebration of God’s deliverance. Earthly security is uncertain,
but God is always faithful!
David praises the Lord for His greatness! He is elated because the Lord has been good to him and did not allow his enemies to prevail over him. The favor of the Lord upon David is clear. “I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord, my God, I called you for help and you healed me. O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.”
David continues to praise and exalt the name of the Lord! No doubt the Lord was displeased with him at times. It is apparent that he felt the anger of the Lord upon him despite the favor that rested upon him. The Lord chastises those that He loves. The Bible teaches us that David was a man after God’s own heart. This leaves me to believe that he readily repented when found in err. A night of sorrowfulness and tears yielded awakening David to being repentant and commencing to starting his day off rejoicing.“Sing to the Lord, you saints of His, praise His Holy Name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may endure for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
David’s love for the Lord was evident. His foundation was firmly planted in the principles of the Lord. David was an exuberant forceful leader and king, He stood courageously when under pressure. David was a great warrior and fought many audaciously spirited battles. His security in the Lord at times made him feel as though he was invincible. This did not however stop David from falling prey to the desires of his flesh. Whenever he allowed himself to be drawn away he stumbled terribly and his anxieties and weaknesses would get the best of him.
Here we learn how important it is to never place our security or significance in anything other than God. Mankind is fickle and will sometimes falter in their reliability when under pressure. Often grappled by fear of what they do not understand. The narrow path to the Lord is a walk of Faith. It will sometimes require us to take risks. During those times one must persevere and depend upon the Lord when you can’t clearly see yet you know the Lord is leading you. Anytime we take our eyes off the Lord we are subject to the weaknesses of the flesh! This is why we forever need a Savior!
Power can be intoxicating but it is also fleeting. David had great wealth, power and material possessions. Yet here we hear the anxiety and despair within his soul. He vociferously calls for deliverance and proclaims the Lord's faithfulness! There are countless lessons to learn from his various experiences. There is nothing wrong with material possessions, but they should never take the place of God. Things come and go. With the Lord in our lives we can discover everything that we will ever need. He will give us access to the necessary power to accomplish His will. But we never become the power instead we must learn to become disciplined, humble, discerning and self controlled. However we must be willing to continuously submit ourselves to His Will & His Way otherwise we lose focus and are subject to falter and err. In ourselves we are nothing more than earthly clay. It is wise to be mindful of the need to always and forever remain dependent upon the Lord rather than on our own strength or on things that are perishable. This way we can experience the plethora of spiritual benefits of the stability and inner peace that only comes from God! In the Lord you can have a Solid Rock Foundation. “When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” O Lord, when you favored me, you made me a mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.”
We should never take the Lord or His material, emotional and mental blessings of well being for granted! There is much spiritual warfare in many forms about us to draw us away from the Lord. God has no need to manipulate anyone! He does not need us we need Him! When out and about in the world be cognizant of your surroundings and pray for increased discernment. Spend some time each day with the Lord meditating upon His Word! Give Him His rightful place in your life. When trials do come pray and praise Him all the way through. TRUST GOD! He is all He says He is in His Word and more. Our miniscule finite minds cannot fully comprehend the complexity of His Omnipotence! Yet we can be certain that it is limitless Neither fear nor fret not; the Lord hears our spoken as well as silent prayers He is Omniscient. It is the position of our hearts that He responds to. In His time He will respond as He deems necessary. We should always be willing to readily repent and draw closer to the Lord when we are found in error. Even in the midst of turmoil the Lord is near. He is Omnipresent! There is nowhere we can go that He is not. We can always simply cry out and say “Lord Help!”
God is gracious, patient, loving and kind. He allows us to inhabit this wonderful earth that He created! We in turn must not ignore Him or His Word! Despite what we see going on all about us we must take the time to acknowledge and embrace the principles of HIS WORD this is how we who are believers "Walk in the Light!" The Victory truly is in the Praise! We must have Faith in His ability to lead, govern guide and direct us on the narrow path that leads to Him. We can always Trust God. As we daily walk in the Truth of His Word, He will allow the Fruit of His Spirit to multiply within our lives!
Truly the Lord is faithful! We can take comfort in the warmth and assurance of this Psalm. Each day is a precious “GIFT” from God we can always find something to be thankful for. PRAISE GOD! Forever and ever, “To GOD Be the GLORY!”