Not by Our Own Merit – Psalm 30: 6-12

psalm-30Psalm 30:

[6] And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
[7] LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
[8] I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
[9] What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
[10] Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
[11] Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
[12] 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 (KJV)

Psalm 30, came about because of bad choices David made.  2 Samuel 23 gives the full account of David’s fall from grace and his restoration.

David’s big mistake was wrongly believing that his position, wealth and overall prosperity was secure because he and his army had achieved a great status by themselves.

The plague (David’s choice of punishment) hits and all of a sudden, everything in his kingdom, along with millions of his people are dying and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

He calls out to God but the Lord has momentarily turned his back on David. However David does not give up, but keeps crying out to God in supplication. (earnestly requesting, begging, humbly asking)

David finally realizes that God is the reason for his success and for his downfall.

David offers to die, but points out that there is no profit in his death. He pleads for another chance to make things right and points out that in his death, the people will never see God’s great love and mercy.

However, in keeping his life, the people will be aware of David repenting and begging for mercy. They will witness that David’s God is righteous but also forgiving, merciful and gracious. David will be the living proof.

During his prayers, David’s focus finally comes back on God, and his cries are heard. Grace and mercy are given and the plague is stopped.

The moment David is told that the plague is over, he immediately throws off his sackcloth (mourning) and begins rejoicing.

He knows that he doesn’t deserve forgiveness but is thanking God for giving it. His distress and misery are turned into gladness as he thanks God for hearing his prayers and for leaving a remnant of his people and land.

David then writes Psalm 30 to gives praises to God, as he promised he would, keeping his focus, honour and glory where it belongs – on God.

psalms-30Almighty God,

It is my joy to focus on you and your word. May I always be in a state of knowing that everything I am and have, is only because of your great love for me.

Yes, I could work hard (on my own) and get many of the things I may want or feel I need. However it’s a much harder process, one in which I (like David) could become more dependant on myself than on you.

Please Lord, never let me slip into the place where I start believing that I am in control, leaving you out of the picture. Help me always to keep you at the centre of everything I am and everything I do.

Thank you Father for being a righteous and living God.

In the blessed name of Jesus Christ, I pray,



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