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Psalm 30 Jan. 13 A Psalm. A Song for the Dedication of the Temple. By David.  1I will extol You, Yahweh, for You have raised me up, and have not made my enemies to rejoice over me. 2Yahweh my God, I cried to You, and You have healed me. 3Yahweh, You have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4Sing praise to Yahweh, You saints of His, give thanks to His holy name. 5For His anger is but for a moment; His grace is for all our lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. 6As for me, I said in my prosperity, I shall never be moved. 7You, Yahweh, when You favoured me, made my mountain stand strong; but when You hid Your face, I was troubled. 8I cried to You, Yahweh; to Yahweh I made supplication: 9What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise You? Shall it declare Your truth? 10Hear, Yahweh, and have mercy on me. Yahweh, be my helper. 11You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness, 12To the end that my heart may sing praise to You, and not be silent. Yahweh my God, I will give thanks to You forever!   


30:6 David seems to be reflecting upon some life threatening illness he suffered after his sin with Bathsheba (:2,3); the title of the Psalm shows he wrote this as he was preparing for his son Solomon to build the temple, towards the end of his life. He is reflecting how he had fallen into sin as a result of assuming that he could never fall from the spiritual place he felt he was at. Whilst we should be confident that if Christ returns today we shall be saved by grace, we cannot assume that we shall always be where we are now spiritually, and we should always maintain a keen sense of the eternity we may miss if we turn away.
30:7 Mountain- Used in Scripture to refer to a Kingdom or family; David’s ‘mountain’ in this sense was “troubled” as a result of his sin with Bathsheba.
30:9 This request again indicates that David didn’t go to Heaven on death (Acts 2:34), but understood death as total unconsciousness until Christ’s return.