Psalm 30: Joy Comes with the Morning

This one is again “A Psalm of David”, but it also has that it is “a song at the dedication of the temple” added to it. So I guess it’s origins go back to the temple being built, which was actually done in the time of Solomon.


Psalm 30

1I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.a

4Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.b
5For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.c
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7By your favor, O LORD,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.

8To you, O LORD, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9“What profit is there in my death,d
if I go down to the pit?e
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!
O LORD, be my helper!”

11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

I love verse 5 but then I get a little annoyed at verse 9. I’m pretty sure there are other people around who would praise God if the writer of this psalm was in the pit. Still, it appears that the writer was down there at some point, or is attributing that state to David, and was returned.

Was this person brought back to life so he could be a cheerleader for God?

Yeah, something tells me that’s not really a thing, but it’s how this psalm comes across to me. Not sure why the writer or subject of the psalm was brought up from Shoel, but I don’t think God was giving out resurrections. But we have seen one already. Remember the kid that Elisha brought back? I does leave me a little confused. I mean, I get that it’s a poem that praises and thanks God but for who? David wasn’t brought back from the dead.

There were, back in Kings and Chronicles, several kings who had been near death and brought back to health by God so that they would see and acknowledge His miracles, but only the boy that I can recall being actually dead and brought back, which David has nothing to do with.

So, is the poem about David or someone brought back from the dead? Did David write it about someone? Did someone write it about the boy? Why did they reference David in the note? These are the questions I plan to find answers for but really can’t devote time to right now. Maybe on my second pass through the Bible one day. For now, I’m just going to keep chugging along.

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