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Psalm Thirty

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.

Psalm 30:1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

Psalm 30:2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

Psalm 30:3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

the grave. The “grave” here is the Hebrew sheol, the abode of departed souls in the center of the earth. In the full sense, this verse must be a prophecy of the resurrection of Christ (see Psalm 16:10), with David's deliverance from his enemies considered as a type thereof (Psalm 30:9).

Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

in the morning. This psalm speaks of suffering followed by glory. That was the experience of Christ (1 Peter 1:11), and is—in greater or lesser degree—the common experience of all His followers (Romans 8:18). Note also Psalm 30:11.

Psalm 30:6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

Psalm 30:7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

Psalm 30:8 I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.

Psalm 30:9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Psalm 30:10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.

Psalm 30:11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.