The two psalms we discuss today include some often-quoted passages of comfort. In Psalm 30, David extols God’s greatness and points out his ability and willingness to heal and preserve. One passage especially stands out:
“5 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.”
Another passage additionally speaks of God’s ability to take a bad situation and redeem it: “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness….”
Psalm 31 includes phrases like “In You, O LORD, I put my trust…,” and “You are my rock and my fortress….” David also utters a prophetic sentence quoted by Jesus at His crucifixion, “Into Your hand I commit my spirit….” This psalm begins with David bemoaning his current situation of oppression, even sickness, and embattlement, but turns quickly to a list of statements demonstrating his trust in God and his hopefulness for the future.
He sums it up with the following statements:
“23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
24 Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.”
David’s plight was desperate at times, and he often was under attack from many sides. His life was lived on the run for several years while Saul was king. He was loved by all one day, then hunted by many the next. He lived a life with an uncertain future, considering the facts. However, David demonstrated a powerful faith in God, that even in his moments of uncertainty and fear, he trusted God and praised Him passionately. Follow the example of David and live a life of faith in spite of the circumstances before you eyes. God will provide!