Psalms 30:6 says, And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. In the previous verses of Psalms some of the basic truths regarding salvation were taught: man is a sinner and God is Holy. Jesus died for the sins of the world. The anger of God ceases against those who trust in Christ for salvation because that anger was poured out on Jesus when He died on the cross for the sins of the world. In verse 6 the word prosperity is a very interesting word. The word is only found in this verse in the Old Testament. There are other Hebrew words from the same root with a similar meaning. But for a word to be used only one time in all of the Bible gives it a special emphasis. The word prosperity can also be translated security. It comes from the same root as another word that is translated prosperity. Psalms 122:6, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Jesus said in John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. And Ephesians 1:3 says, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Abundance of life and all spiritual blessings in heavenly places is prosperity. Such prosperity only comes through repentance of sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as your Savior. True prosperity is not measured by your material possessions. Jesus said in Luke 12:15, And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a mans life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Now consider the word moved. It can mean: shaken, to fall, to cast out of course, to fall into decay. Psalms 62:6, He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. Jesus gave a parable in Matthew 7:24-27 which says, Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. This life was designed by God to be lived on faith in the promises of God. To live this life any other way will result in failure. A prosperity which cannot be moved is an eternal inheritance and eternal relationship with the Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ. No matter how much you suffer in this life, no matter how much you sin and fail, you can always find forgiveness in Jesus Christ and you will always find an immovable security in the promises of God because Gods Word does not change and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. Psalms 62:6 says, He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.
Psalms 30:7 says, Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face and I was troubled. The word favour is a word that can be translated self-will, desire, pleasure. Normally when we think of self-will we think of it in a negative way as something bad. Too much self-will in a man is selfishness and prevents a person from submitting unto the will of God. And normally when we think of strong desire and pleasure we think of the lusts of the world. Often even when we hear the word pleasure we think of it used in reference to the pleasures of this world. God is a being with personality and self-will. God is a being who enjoys pleasure and giving pleasure. It is a lie of the world that makes people think those who serve God have no pleasures. But the pleasures of God are Holy and pure and they last for eternity. The pleasure of sin lasts only for a season and fades away in corruption. The pleasure of God is eternal life and eternal joys.
Consider these verses in Ephesians that talk about the will of God. Ephesians 1:5 says, Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Ephesians 1:9 says, Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself. And Ephesians 1:11 says, In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Certainly there is a cross for everyone to bare who turns to Christ and follows Him. There is persecution and suffering and self-denial. But in the end through eternity there will be so much more to gain than there ever will be to lose. The favour of God is a wonderful thing. How sad it is that so few in this world have the favour of God. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. But the favour of God is reserved for those who have turned from their sins and turned to Jesus Christ for salvation because Christ has reconciled them through the blood of His cross. The favor of God, that is to say the will, the desire, and the pleasure of God is given to those who confess their sins to Jesus and who live by faith in the promises of God. There are so many in this world who choose the pleasures of this life over the pleasures found in Christ. If only they could have their eyes open to see that Christ offers all spiritual blessings in heavenly places by grace through faith and not of works.
Psalms 30:8-9 says, I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made my supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? Shall it declare thy truth? God is the giver and taker of life. He is all powerful. He is the Almighty God. He gives men life on this earth so that they might praise him and so that they might declare the truth of His word. If you are not doing these things with your life, what then is the purpose of your life? If only you could understand the favour of God, then you would desire to praise him and to declare his truth. Of course, all men are sinners and all men have failed in some way to praise God and to declare His truth. This is one wonderful thing about heaven. In heaven because Gods favor is so great towards those who have Jesus as their Savior, there will be no more failure when it comes to praising God and declaring His truth.
Psalms 30:10 says, Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. If there are two things we should pray to Christ for, it is mercy and help. Mercy is something all men need because all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 says, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Thank God that He is merciful and gives His mercy to all who confess their sins to Christ. I Peter 1:3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. It is no wonder so many of the books of the New Testament begin by saying: grace, mercy, and peace. God is Holy. Therefore, through Christ He has endless storehouses of mercy for those who ask him for mercy.
Not only do we need mercy from Christ, but we need help too. The word helper means to protect or to aid. This word is mostly used in reference to warfare in the Old Testament. There are many ways in which human beings need help from God. But the most important kind of help is spiritual help to overcome the spiritual battles that must be faced in this life. I John 2-4 says, Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. If you know Christ as your Savior, then by faith in the promises of God you will have victory over this world and the anti-christs of this world. Without Christ man will be defeated by his own sinful nature and by the forces of darkness.
Psalms 30:11-12 says, Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. No one can turn a tragedy into a victory like Jesus can. No one can turn sorrow into joy like Jesus can. The story of the human race is one of tragedy and sorrow because of sin and rebellion against God. Because of Jesus however, this story of tragedy and sin and eternal damnation is turned around for all those who turn to Him for salvation. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
If there is anything that we can praise God for, it is the mercy and the help that He so willingly provides for those who trust in Him. This is a truth that needs to be preached to all of the world because there are so many who know not these things. Their souls are chained in the darkness of sin and they are helpless against the forces of evil. They need Jesus and they need to hear of His death, burial and resurrection. They need the mercy and the help of God through Christ, and the favour of God which is so abundantly given to the children of God because Gods children are joint-heirs with Christ. For those who turn from their sins to Jesus, Jesus will turn your mourning into dancing. And then You will be able to say, O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
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