Summary: Exposition of Ps 30:1-12 regarding David's experience of pride, sickness/humility, repentance, and worship
Text: Psalm 30:1-12, Title: Does God Make Us Sick? , Date/Place: NRBC, 12/26/10, AM
A. Opening illustration: story of the young woman from a Christian home in rebellion,
B. Background to passage: some think that this psalm was written following the census incident, but we can’t be sure. The only clue we are given is this reference to the House of David, which is rather unclear. If this psalm was written for the dedication of the temple, David wrote it in anticipation of the work that Solomon would do. And his (David’s) desire is that God’s blessing, discipline, and deliverance would be remembered by those that would serve Yahweh within the temple courts. Disclaimer: sin is not the only reason that we get sick (consider Job), however there are more scenarios in the bible of people getting sick as a consequence to their sin than the other way around.
C. Main thought: David was blessed with riches, power, and security; but pride, self-sufficiency, and independence developed, and God’s disfavor brought David (and his people) to sickness for humility. Humility led to repentance, deliverance, and that led to worship.
A. From Blessing to Sin (v. 6-7a)
1. The basic storyline is found in vv. 2-3: David was sick, God kept him from dying. Good story, one we all want to tell when we get sick. But David gives more insight in these verses. He says in prosperity: defined as a state of security, abundance (both provisions and health), and ease. One Hebrew lexicon noted that this prosperity often gives a false sense of total security. And thus his declaration that “he shall never be moved” revealed the attitude that He is unassailable, unable to be brought low, dethroned, or harmed.
3. Illustration: Indicators of genuine favor of God: money? Rich man and Jesus, shock of the disciples, "in outward prosperity men are apt to sing a requiem to themselves, and fancy it will always be thus with them, be in health of body, and enjoying the affluence of temporal things, and so put away the evil day in one sense and another from them...and who also, when in comfortable frames of soul, and in prosperous circumstances in spiritual things, are ready to conclude if will always be thus with them, or better...but they may be moved as to the exercise of grace and discharge of duty, in which they vary; and especially when they are self-confident, and depend upon their own strength for the performance of these things, and for a continuance in such frames"
4. In America (or at least with the bulk of our congregation) where generally speaking, we don’t worry about a roof over our heads, or where our next meal is coming from, of if we will be cut off from any help, we tend to be pretty self-sufficient. We pride ourselves in not needing help from others, in fact, most of us are the helpers that others need. But God doesn’t strive for your independence, but your dependence; He doesn’t strive for you to be self-sufficient, but to be God-sufficient. This attitude may come from our lack of realization or active thought about how dependent we are, or from trust in riches (idolatry). But we must guard against it, because it invites God to humble us.