Reading the Word
Psalm 30:6–12 (ESV)
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” 7 By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed. 8 To you, O Lord, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy: 9 “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? 10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!” 11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Understanding and Applying the Word
Success can have negative consequences on our spiritual life. That is why Jesus said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven (Matthew 19:24). When things are going our way, we become self-reliant and shut God out. We think we have mastered life and have no need for God’s help.
David realizes differently. In this psalm, he reflects that when God removed his grace he was dismayed (v. 7). As a result of God’s favor, David praises him and declares that he will do so forever. Sometimes we need the same lesson. Sometimes we need it more than once. We need God’s favor. We need it every day. Without it we are dismayed, just as David. Let us remember that all we have and are able to accomplish is fully by the grace of God. He alone deserves our eternal praise.
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