Oh, how I’ve grown to love the book of Psalms. As one commentator said, if you can experience it, you’ll find it described within its pages.
Such is the case with Psalm 30. In it, are words describing a sufferer who has passed through a very dark period, but now finds themselves in the bright, beautiful light of deliverance. The precise nature of the original trouble isn’t described (perhaps intentionally?), allowing the truths of the Psalm to be repeated by us today.
While I appreciate the entire song, it was the last stanza that really caught my eye this time through. “You turned my mourning into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” (Ps 30:11-12)
In the original language, “to mourn” literally meant to give physical expression – a dance, if you will – to grief. So, while the psalmist doesn’t ignore the reality of suffering and mourning, he recognizes that God graciously allows those times not only to pass, but to be replaced with joy. It’s interesting to me that the reason for ending such times of despair is not so that we can return to a place of comfort and ease – but that our hearts will sing His praises.
Friends, it’s ok to grieve and give physical expression to our sorrow. But let’s also praise Him that such times do actually pass, and He returns to us a smiling face, dancing feet, and a heart that wants to praise Him. – Dave
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