5. Psalm 30 — for When God Brings Healing
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. – Psalm 30
Life is filled with ups and downs. In the valleys of life, we must remember the mountain tops—the goodness of God and His faithfulness. And when we reach the mountain tops, we must humbly remember the valleys, and praise the God of faithfulness who leads us. He refines us through every part of the journey.
When we are confronted with great disappointment, we can look up. We can gird up our hearts and reach for renewed strength and say, “Lord, life has thrown me a curve, but even so I praise Your name. You are my Father, and you love me enough to train me and remake me, and only You can turn my mourning into dancing.”
Helen Steiner Rice paraphrases it well in this little poem:
Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads
And we view what we think it the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And He knows that it’s only a bend—
The road will go on and get smoother
And after we’ve stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow.
You’ve just come to a bend in the road.
– “Bend in the Road” by Helen Steiner Rice
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