Summary: When we feel apart from God, perhaps God is trying to get our attention. This week, can you focus on being closer to God by praising Him? Can we be more devoted to living faithfully for Him (instead of ourselves)?

A Study of Psalm 30

Psalm 30


- Good evening … short intro on new format

- Open to all, may allow more to attend due to busy schedules

- Comments can be seen by all, questions can be asked through this

- Invite: Advent series on SUNDAY mornings at the church

- Psalms broken into 5 books, covered an extensive time period

- Gathered together as songs of praise & words of encouragement/warning

- We are studying book 1, Psalm 1-41 (runs through January)

- The Psalms have already given us plenty of opportunities to praise

-- The daily challenge for us is this: will we remember what we’ve been told?

- Today, we will examine Psalm 30 … a critical passage for believers

- FACT: God will discipline and shape us into who He desires us to be

-- A large challenge for us is how we will react to His correction

- For some, a correction may be minor – for others it could be a major life change

-- What is important to understand is that God desires to change us

-- He desires to make us more like His Son, Jesus, every day of our life

- This Psalm is a great example of how one man reacted to God’s correction

- Read Psalm 30 / Pray

Point 1 – David’s recalls a time of trouble

- David begins this Psalm by exalting the Lord

-- His discussion is about a time that God rescued Him (recalling an event)

• God raised me (1)

• God restored me (2)

• God rescued me (3)

- Quite literally, David’s praise is because God fulfilled His promises (Deut 31:6)

-- Bible tells us that God will never leave us … David praises this truth here

- David then encouraged others (discipleship point: we should do the same)

• Sing to the Lord (4) – Bible doesn’t instruct us to sing perfectly (thankfully)

• Praise His name (4-5) – We are called to praise Him for all He does

- APP: If we’d praise God more for what He has done, might not focus on the bad

-- Maybe we could challenge one another to do this … “we’ve got whining down”!

Love V5 … you’ve probably sung this (“Trading my Sorrows” by Darrell Evans)

I am blessed beyond the curse, for His promise will endure,

and His joy will be my strength.

Pre-chorus: Though the sorrow may last for the night

His joy comes with the morning.

• God’s anger turns to favor – discipline lasts for a period of time (night)

• Man’s weeping turns to joy – happiness comes in the morning (daylight)

- IMP: When we are faithful to the Lord, even His correction brings JOY

-- We are joyous b/c He loves us enough to keep us away from negative things

-- APP: What an incredible God we serve who loves us enough to protect us

Point 2 – Why does God discipline us?

- Key life question: Why does God discipline us?

- V6 tells us exactly why David was disciplined:

• He felt self-secure: “I got this …”

• He had grown self-sufficient: “I can do it all …” (dangerous ground)

- TRUTH: God will discipline us -- this is a reality we should all learn

-- APP: Once we start thinking we’ve got it all figured out, we stop needing God

- V7 shows us how God disciplined David

• God’s face was hidden

• David’s heart was heavy

- God had become silent to David, he literally withdrew from fellowship

- Because of this, David became worried and afraid … and repented of his ways

- CHALL: Maybe some of us feel separated from God, perhaps need to repent?

- God is always available to you

-- But he will not condone (support) your sinful choices

-- Repentance returns you to having favor with God

TRANS: When God’s discipline stops … something incredible happens

Point 3 – God’s response to David

- Look at David’s response to God and God’s reaction to him

- David requested mercy from God

• Twice he asks for God to show mercy (8, 10)

- Mercy is underserved in rebellion to God; but it’s His gift to give to us

-- Consider: John 3:16 … God gave, not because we earned or deserved it

- David then reasons with God, explaining why he needs Him:

• If I’m silenced I cannot praise God (9a)

• It is my purpose, not the dust’s, to praise the Lord (9b)

- By showing signs of remorse for His behavior

-- And in response to God showing mercy upon him … David rejoices

- David rejoiced in God

• God turned his wailing to dancing (11a)

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