27
Apr
16

Clothed With Joy

Psalm 30

New International Version (NIV)

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 holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.

To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

In Psalm 30, David writes about how God was able to take his broken heart and replace it with joy.  Look at what he says:

…weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:5b (NIV)

and

You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy… – Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

When we are in the thick of sorrow and pain, we need to cry out to God for help.  Jesus, on the night before His crucifixion, was in agony and anguish.  He cried out to His Father for help and strength.  God hears our cries and He heals our broken hearts and wounded souls.  He is able to carry us through the darkest times of our lives.  What is our response to His healing?  It is to be praise:

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name. – Psalm 30:4 (NIV)

 and

that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever. – Psalm 30:12 (NIV)

So when your healing comes, do not forget about the Lord.  When He forgives your sins, do not forget about the Lord.  When He shows you mercy and gives you joy, may you rejoice in the Lord.  Let us praise His holy name forever.
PRAYER: God, I need Your healing in my life. I need Your joy today. My life and situations and circumstances grieve me. I need You and I need joy. Remind me of Your faithful love and forgiveness so that I may have true joy today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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