morning is coming

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Psalm 30:1-5

Psalm 30:11 I will exalt you, Yahveh, because you have lifted me up and have not made my enemies happy over me.

Psalm 30:2 Yahveh my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me.

Psalm 30:3 Yahveh, you brought my soul up from Sheol; you spared me from among those going down to the Hole.

Psalm 30:4 Sing to Yahveh, you his faithful ones, and praise his holy name

Psalm 30:5 because his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor, a lifetime. Weeping may stay overnight, but there is joy in the morning.

morning is coming

When David praises God for bringing his soul up— he was not talking about heaven. He was being thankful for being rescued from death. In death, the soul goes down to the hole where the soul lies, and rests in unconscious sleep and defeat. Only a resurrection will change that. A resurrection lifts up a dead soul. A resurrection brings a soul up from Sheol.

No matter what we face in this life, believers can have confidence in a rescue via resurrection. Neither our sins nor our sadness will have the last word.

Morning is coming.

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1superscription: A psalm; a dedication song for the house. Of David.

 

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morning is coming

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Psalm 30:1-5

Psalm 30:11 I will exalt you, Yahveh, because you have lifted me up and have not made my enemies happy over me.

Psalm 30:2 Yahveh my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me.

Psalm 30:3 Yahveh, you brought my soul up from Sheol; you spared me from among those going down to the Hole.

Psalm 30:4 Sing to Yahveh, you his faithful ones, and praise his holy name

Psalm 30:5 because his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor, a lifetime. Weeping may stay overnight, but there is joy in the morning.

morning is coming

When David praises God for bringing his soul up— he was not talking about heaven. He was being thankful for being rescued from death. In death, the soul goes down to the hole where the soul lies, and rests in unconscious sleep and defeat. Only a resurrection will change that. A resurrection lifts up a dead soul. A resurrection brings a soul up from Sheol.

No matter what we face in this life, believers can have confidence in a rescue via resurrection. Neither our sins nor our sadness will have the last word.

Morning is coming.

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1superscription: A psalm; a dedication song for the house. Of David.

 

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permanently enthroned

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Psalm 29:9b-11

Psalm 29:9b In his temple all cry, “Glory!”

Psalm 29:10 Yahveh sits enthroned over the flood; Yahveh sits permanently enthroned as King.

Psalm 29:11 Yahveh gives his people strength; Yahveh blesses his people with peace.

permanently enthroned

In yesterday’s section of this psalm, we found that God is the power behind all the changes that happen. His commanding voice is the source of the fire or wind that strips a forest bare.

This section mentions another powerful force of nature: the flood. It explains what was meant by the previous mention of “the waters” (3). God sits enthroned over the powerful flood waters as well.

Strength and blessing comes from God because he is permanently enthroned above it all. He can change anything because he himself is unchanged.

 

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power to change the world

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Psalm 29:3-9a

Psalm 29:3 The voice of Yahveh is above the waters. The glorious God thunders– Yahveh, above the vast water,

Psalm 29:4 the powerful voice of Yahveh, the splendid voice of Yahveh.

Psalm 29:5 The voice of Yahveh breaks the cedars; Yahveh shatters the cedars of Lebanon.

Psalm 29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion, like a young wild ox.

Psalm 29:7 The voice of Yahveh flashes flames of fire.

Psalm 29:8 The voice of Yahveh shakes the wilderness; Yahveh shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

Psalm 29:9a The voice of Yahveh makes the deer give birth and strips the woodlands bare.

power to change the world

When God’s people pray, we are tapping into the power that changes the ordinary. It can bring about new life or destroy life. It can change a forest into a desert, using fire or wind as a tool. The power that makes these changes is God’s power. He changes the world by simply commanding it.

Lord, speak into our world today. You alone have power to change it.

 

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move over, mortal gods

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Psalm 29:1-2

Psalm 29:11 Credit2 Yahveh, you sons of God, credit Yahveh with glory and strength.

Psalm 29:2 Credit Yahveh with the glory due his name; worship Yahveh in the splendor of his holiness.

move over, mortal gods

This psalm calls on the sons of God (the spirit beings who sometimes claim to be gods of the nations) to give credit where credit is due. There is only one God whose strength, glory, splendor and holiness makes him worthy of worship. These “gods of the people” and “gods of the nations” are idols, “but the LORD made the skies” (1 Chronicles 16:26; Psalm 96:5). These gods that have not made the skies and the land will perish from the land and under the skies (Jeremiah 10:11). They are strong and mighty, but not strong enough.

LORD, you are worthy of our worship. We renounce the false, mortal gods of the nations.

1superscription: A psalm of David.

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our strength

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Psalm 28:6-9

Psalm 28:6 Blessed be Yahveh, because he has heard the sound of my pleading.

Psalm 28:7 Yahveh is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to him with my song.

Psalm 28:8 Yahveh is the strength of his people; he is a stronghold of rescue for his anointed.

Psalm 28:9 Save your people, make your possession fortunate, tend them, and carry them permanently.

our strength

The previous section of this psalm was a prayer for God and an encouragement for the psalmist to wait with certainty. This section was a declaration that the waiting was worth it – because God answered the prayer. It was a declaration of thanks and a request for God to show the same strength by rescuing all his people.

Today I am discouraged. I have been waiting for a favorable answer, and it did not come. But I choose to declare that the Lord is my strength and the strength of his people.

Lord, we wait for you, because you are our strength.

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if God doesn’t listen

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Psalm 28:1-5

Psalm 28:11 Yahveh, I call to you; my boulder, do not be deaf to me. If you remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Hole.

Psalm 28:2 Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 28:3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with the evildoers, who speak in friendly ways with their neighbors while malice is in their hearts.

Psalm 28:4 Repay them according to what they have done– according to the evil of their deeds. Repay them according to the work of their hands; give them back what they deserve.

Psalm 28:5 Because they do not perceive what Yahveh has done or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and not rebuild them.

if God doesn’t listen

If God doesn’t listen, what will happen? If God doesn’t listen, the fate of the believer will be the same as the fate of the unbeliever. He is the creator of everyone. When the unbeliever’s time is up, he is torn down and not rebuilt. He goes down to the hole: the grave.

But this prayer comes from a believer, who expects something different. He expects rescue from the grave. He expects grace. He expects grace because God is a god of grace. He expects rescue because the Lord has a purpose after this life.

Lord, listen, restore us, and give us permanent life.

1superscription: of David.

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courageous waiting

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Psalm 27:10-14

Psalm 27:10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, Yahveh cares for me.

Psalm 27:11 Because of my adversaries, show me your road, Yahveh, and lead me on a level path.

Psalm 27:12 Do not give me over to the throat of my foes, because false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence.

Psalm 27:13 I am certain that I will see Yahveh’s goodness in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for Yahveh; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for Yahveh.

courageous waiting

The test of a strong faith is how long the believer can wait for rescue. Adversaries there will be. Uncertainties there will be. Threats of violence there will be. But the one who courageously waits on God will see his goodness in the land of the living. These obstacles to health and happiness that we experience may make us feel that God has abandoned us. But he never will. He cares for us. He only asks that we demonstrate the courage to wait on him for rescue.

Lord, give us the courage to wait on you.

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he has options

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Psalm 27:7-9

Psalm 27:7 Yahveh, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me.

Psalm 27:8 My heart says this about you: “Seek his face.” Yahveh, I will seek your face.

Psalm 27:9 Do not hide your face from me; do not turn your servant away in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me, God of my rescue.

he has options

Our LORD is sovereign over prayer. He has three options every time we turn to him. He can hide his face from us when we seek him. We hide from him enough that it is never wrong for him to be silent when we are crying out. Or, he can turn us away in anger. Again, we are sinners, and always deserve this response. We spend our lives abandoning him and his word. Sometimes he has to rebuke us for that rebellion.

But he wants to help us. He is our helper, and his glorious reputation is at stake. He wants us to call out to him, and he wants to rescue us.

If today, you cry out, and it seems God is ignoring you, keep trying, and try again tomorrow as well. He hears. He can rescue. He’s the only one who can.

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confidence in Him

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Psalm 27:1-6

Psalm 27:1 Yahveh is my light and my rescue– whom should I fear? Yahveh is the stronghold of my life– whom should I dread?

Psalm 27:2 When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.

Psalm 27:3 Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident.

Psalm 27:4 I have asked one thing from Yahveh; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of Yahveh all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of Yahveh and seeking him in his temple

Psalm 27:5 because he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a boulder.

Psalm 27:6 Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in his tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to Yahveh.

confidence in Him

This first part of the psalm expresses the confidence of faith, while the second part expresses the fears of the faithful. Both are honest emotions, and both are accepted by the LORD. He wants us to know that we can rely on him, and he wants us to express our praise and our prayers to him.

So, even if you are overwhelmed by feelings of abandonment and fear, it is perfectly acceptable to pray these words of confidence, because no matter what you are facing, or no matter what you feel, God is your guiding light, your rescuer, and your fortress of protection.

Lord, thank you for who you are, no matter what we feel.

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