Psalm 30

Psalm 30 has the writer praising God.  He has been through some difficult times.  And he lists ways that God has touched him:

–       “you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me

–       you have healed me

–       you have brought up my soul from Sheol

–       you restored me to life

God is active and alive.  He makes a difference in our lives.  He can take our problems and turn them to victory.  He restores our soul.

How should we respond to God’s goodness?  “Sing praises…..give thanks”.  We need to DO something when God is at work in our lives.  We often just take if for granted.  We may not even recognize His goodness and blessing.  But if we stop and look, we can see His hand all around us.  We can see him at work doing things that matter every day.  And we need to stop and “sing your praise and not be silent”.  We need to “give thanks to you forever”.  That is what God desires and deserves.

Does God ever get angry with us?  Yes, He does.  When we miss the mark – that is called sin – we irritate God.  He can’t stand to look at sin.  He is unable to just ignore it, no matter how insignificant we may think it is.  God is holy and can’t just look the other way.  So He gets angry – a holy anger – based on His nature and response to sin.  But “his anger is but for a moment”.  He loves us in spite of our sin.  He loved us so much He sent Jesus to die on the cross while we were still sinners according to scripture.  “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning”.  God offers us a fresh start.  Jesus can set us free from sin!

The promise we get here is huge.  “His favor is for a lifetime”.  God’s love is forever.  It is everlasting.  It never ends.  And while we may do things that anger Him because of our disobedience, He never stops loving us and trying to move us closer to obedience.  God’s love is eternal.  We can experience here on earth, but will also experience for eternity as we spend it with Him if we have taken care of our sin problem through the shed blood of Jesus!

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