Psalm 30 Commentary

Psalm 30 Commentary

“Do not let my enemy triumph over me,” David had prayed. Now in this psalm, he praises the LORD for not allowing his enemies to gloat over him.

It is a simple equation: pray for a solution. Wait. Then praise the LORD for the answered prayer.

This is what the 9 lepers failed to do. This is what many saints fail to do. If you can read these lines, then the LORD has answered your prayer for life. Have you stopped to say thanks?

David remembers a moment when he cried out to the LORD for help. The LORD answered him hence the song of praise with yet another timelessly important poster verse: “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Reading the Book of Psalms can be very difficult because it feels like you are reading the same things. No. The psalmists have varying life experiences and they are interacting with the LORD on a daily basis. Like the saint today, there were times when they felt threatened and prayed from a position of great fear. At other times they felt the peace and care of the LORD and praised the LORD for it.

Particularly in the psalms attributed to David, we find great value and balance especially because we know the background of many of these prayers. Prayer that is born from real-life experiences is always very rich. It is not just a true lecture you give to upstarts.

Then David wants to justify his petition for life. “Will the dust praise you?” The value of the mortal man lies in his relationship with the LORD. And when there is thanksgiving and praise and worship, then the value is highest and heaven knows it. The factory becomes busy again, producing joy. The saint’s wailing is the raw material! Can the saint be silent?

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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