Summary: Keeping our minds fixed on God with thanksgiving
Giving Thanks for Deliverance Psalm 30:1-12
It was getting near the end for David. He had been a king for many years. He is tempted by Satan to number his fighting men of which David sends Joab to do. After this count David was convicted in his heart that he had displeased God. God gave David three choices on how he would be punished for this sin. He chooses to fall into the hands of what God would do. 70,000 men died from a plague God sent. David repented by saying it was he that had done a wicked thing. David built and altar and God stopped the plague. From this comes the writing of Psalm 30 which is a Thanksgiving Psalm.
”I will praise you, Lord of hosts, For You have lifted me up; since you have silenced Satan’s boasts, I will therefore boast in you. My sins had brought me near the grave, the grave of black despair; I looked, but there was none to save, Till I looked up in prayer. In answer to my distressing cries, from hell’s dark edge I am brought: My Jesus saw me from the skies, and swift salvation created. All through the night I wept painfully, but morning brought relief; that hand, which broke my bones before, then broke my bonds of grief. My mourning he to dancing turns, For sackcloth joy he gives, A moment, Lord, Your anger burns, But long your favor lives. Sing with me then, you favored men, who long have known his grace; with thanks recall the seasons when you also sought his face.” C. S.
We want to look at seven different ways our mind can work in this Psalm:
1. We find that David is in great torment and overwhelmed by his enemies including Satan. (A Mind overwhelmed) David who is said to be a man after God’s heart is nearing the end of his life and yet commits a sin that he needs to repent of because of the disgrace he brings to God and God’s people. It matters not where you are in life there is always a need to draw closer to God. You may have not sinned in the ay David has done but remember God is holy and do we ever get to the place where we can say I have reached the holiness I need? “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
2. Our mind needs to be on the fact that God lifts us up over our distress and enemies and we need to praise Him. (A MIND FILLED WITH PRAISE)
I give you all the credit, God you got me out of that mess, you didn’t let my foes gloat. //I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. “O Lord my God, I cried out to you for help, and you restored my health. // God, my God, I yelled for help and you put me together. “God, you pulled me out of the grave, gave me another chance at life when I was down and out. // You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. You are the one who has lifted me up. I will take time to praise you for the benefits I have received.” It is grace that has lifted us from the cavity of hell, from the gully of sin, from the mire of Despondency, from the bed of disease, from the burden of uncertainties and fears. He lifted us up to be adopted into the family. Of the three things that God gave David a choice in the one most feared was that his enemies would defeat him. He said; let me fall into the hand of the Lord, and not into the hand of man. Terrible indeed were our lot if we were delivered over to the will of our enemies. Those friends, who thought that we would go back to our old sins, have been disappointed. Let us praise Him who has kept us! David did not cry to his friends, or to an arm of flesh. He knew for sure God had healed him. He had the evidence of spiritual health within him now! David is quite sure that God has done great things for him, whereof he is exceeding glad. Psalm 40:2 “He pulled me out of a horrible pit, out of the mud and clay. He set my feet on a rock and made my steps secure. “
3. God brings us into prosperity and we need to be careful not to forget Him. (A MINDWITH THOUGHTS ON GOD) “Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name.” //Make music to praise the Lord, you faithful people who belong to him. Remember his holiness by giving thanks. “His anger lasts only a moment. His favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may last for the night, but there is a song of joy in the morning. //His anger lasts for a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning. “When all was well with me, I said, "I will never be shaken."// When I was prosperous I said, "Nothing can stop me now!" David asks for a choir of holy people who could sing from their hearts. You who are God’s holy people let your holiness compel you to sing. Because sinners are wickedly silent, we need to shout and sing. How can people come to church and not sing? It is an exercise that brings delight to God. What God has done for us in the past should cause us to sing with great joy. If He does nothing else we have much to praise Him for even now. David was doing well and God had blessed him and he felt he could anything. When he thought he could do anything he said, “Nothing can stop me now!” He found that God does get angry if we go against His will. David had committed adultery, committed murder, trouble with his children, had counted his army when God told him not to. God is slow to anger and swift to end it. How the devil and those around us want us to believe that we can make it by ourselves and not need God. When we become proud we fall for our dependence on God is gone. I am glad David says his anger only lasts a short time. God founded the world upon the floods, to show us what a poor, inconstant world it is. Instead of picturing that we shall never be moved, we ought to remember that we will be gone sooner than we think. Because we happen to be well and have our needs met today, does not mean that even tomorrow all could be gone and we included. We cannot rely on this shifting sand. Hebrews 12:2 “We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.” The Psalm is a song not a complaint.