Psalms 30




Psalms 30:1 says, “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.”  One amazing truth about the Word of God is that everywhere you look in it you find the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the theme of the Bible. Man is a sinner and destined for eternal damnation in Hell. Jesus can save you from your sins if you pray to him for salvation.  Psalms 30 verse 1 is an excellent example of this truth. The word “extol” means to lift up. The idea is that of praising God above all else because he is the Almighty God. The word “extol” is used in Exodus in reference to the manna that fell from heaven that God gave to the children of Israel and is translated, “bred worms”. Of course, the manna which the children of Israel ate in the wilderness itself was a picture of Christ. It says of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross in Psalms 22:6, “But I am a worm, and no man, a reproach of men, and despised of the people


Jesus said in John 6:47-58, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as our fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever


You are not extolling the LORD unless you are repenting of your sins and believing on the name of the LORD Jesus Christ. To praise God and give him glory as the Almighty begins with the belief of the truth. This is why the gospel message is so important. Jesus is God. He came in the flesh and died for the sins of the world. He rose again the 3rd day and ascended into heaven after spending 40 days with the disciples. There is forgiveness of sins and eternal life which can be had by the free gift of God through faith in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God. To extol the LORD you must repent of your sins and believe the gospel message and share this message with the rest of the world. Psalms 30:1, “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.” The phrase “lifted me up” refers to the drawing of water out of a well. There are other places in the Old Testament where the phrase ‘lifted up” is a different word in the Hebrew and means forgiveness or pardon.  This phrase found in verse 1 of Psalms 30 is only found in 3 other places in the Old Testament.  The idea is that of God reaching out to sinful man to save him.


Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” All men are sinners. We have all turned away from God. But God sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins. God has reached out to us.  To lift up means to draw out. The Spirit of Christ is reaching out unto men through the word of God and drawing them like water from the well of the darkness of this world. Has God reached out to you? Please, do not turn away from him.


Proverbs 20:5, “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.” God is reaching out to the lost souls of men through His Word. But man must respond to the Gospel Message. Some men hear the truth of God’s Word and cast it aside lightly. And some, those that are wise, will carefully listen to the Bible and take council in their own heart and meditate upon the truth of the scriptures and repent of their sins and pray to Christ for salvation.


Psalms 30:1 says, “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me  The devil roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom He may devour. If you turn to Jesus from your sins, the devil cannot devour you. Your soul will be saved for eternity because Jesus is the bread of life. Your foes are men who do not have faith in Christ and evil forces which seek to snatch away the souls of men into hell. These foes will have no rejoicing if you turn to Christ from your sins.


Psalms 30:1 says, “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.” Another way of saying this glorious gospel message is in 1 Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory


Psalms 30:2 says, “O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.” Jesus Christ is the great physician. That is why when He walked on this earth he healed the blind and the lame, and raised the dead to life. All men are sinners. Therefore, all men need spiritual healing. All suffering, both physically and spiritually, is ultimately a result of sin because since the time of Adam and Eve the whole creation groans and travaileth. The gospel message is the most wonderful and valuable truth in the world. It is the message of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.


One thing that you can always pray to Christ for is for Him to heal you. There are many things to suffer in life. Sometimes those sufferings God will take away if you just pray to him to heal you. Of course, sometimes the physical sufferings of this life God will not heal you of because it is not His will.  All men should pray to Jesus that He has mercy on the sick of this world and those that suffer from disease and other physical traumas because Christ can heal them.   However, the spiritual sufferings of sin Christ will always heal you if you turn to him for forgiveness of your sins. There is always redemption and forgiveness to be found in Christ. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” A prayer to pray to Jesus is this, “Dear Jesus have mercy on those in the world who suffer from physical sufferings, heal them. And dear Jesus have mercy on the lost souls of the world, soften their hearts to repent of their sins to turn to you for salvation. Use the physical sufferings of men to help them to trust in you.”


Psalms 30:3 says, “O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” God is the Creator. He is the One who gives and takes life. This is one reason we can turn to him and pray for healing because life and death are under His control. This is also a reason we can find peace when those we love end their course on this earth. God is in control and ultimately He decides how long a person lives and when they die.  Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” What is even more important than how long a person lives or when they die or even the circumstances of their death is what their eternal destiny is. We must all be judged for our sins. A wise person will repent of their sins to Jesus and accept the judgment of Christ on the cross for their sins rather than die and face the eternal judgment of hell.


Psalms 30:4 says, “Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” If there is anything you should understand about God and about His Son Jesus Christ it is that He is Holy. If God keep you alive on this earth it is so that you can praise His holiness. 1 John 1:5 says, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” God does not create evil. God does not do evil. God is Holy. Evil and sin exist because of pride and rebellion against God. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. God is Holy.


It is important to notice that the word used for saint here in Psalms 30:4 can also be translated faithful one. Righteousness comes as a result of having faith in Jesus Christ. To be a saint is to be holy. This is why we should remember the holiness of God. God’s righteousness is imputed to us through Jesus Christ when we confess our sins and trust in Him for salvation.


I Corinthians 6:19 says, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Remember the Holiness of God. If you are a saint, if you have faith in the promises of God, then you should remember that God is Holy and that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. This itself should give you cause enough to strive to do what is right: to avoid fornication and to stay separated from the world and the lusts thereof.  This is also the reason we rely so much upon the grace of God. Man is a sinner. God is holy. In this life we have not received the full redemption of our bodies from sin. Therefore we live by faith and when we fail we repent of our sins to Jesus. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness


Psalms 30:5 says, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Usually when we think of the Holiness of God we think of anger and judgment. But Psalms 30:5 says his anger endureth but a moment. Those who are the children of God receive a special grace from God that those who are not the children of God do not receive. The reason should be obvious. A saint has the blood of Jesus Christ upon His soul making him righteous. A lost person is dead in sins and is in danger of eternal judgment.


God gets angry at sin. But the moment you confess your sins to Jesus His anger against you will cease. The eternal wrath and anger of God and all the torments of hell were poured upon Jesus when He died on the cross for the sins of the world. This is the amazing grace of the gospel message. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have life everlasting.” This is the difference between law and grace. Jesus fulfilled the law because we could not. Those that trust in Jesus receive grace instead of the eternal anger of a Holy God which is the judgment for breaking the law. There may indeed be nothing more wonderful in life than to understand the forgiveness of sins that is in Christ Jesus. Certainly there are bad consequences when you do wrong. But by repenting of your sins to Christ you are freed from the wrath of God and brought into His marvelous loving kindness and riches of grace. Forgiveness is instantaneous the moment you repent. You do not have to earn the forgiveness of God because it comes through faith in Jesus Christ His Son.


Colossians 1:20-21 says, “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by himself to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled


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