Summary: 1) Praise for the Resurrection (Psalm 30:1-5), 2) Prayer for the Resurrection (Psalm 30:6-12)
We come to this weekend to mourn. And then we celebrate. But celebrating seems difficult, if not impossible, when Brussels is in mourning. Ankara has suffered a similar fate. Yemen is in flames, while the long, desperate strangulation of Syria and Iraq continues. How can we celebrate in the midst of this darkness? Many thousands of Christians around the world approach this weekend living in fear, simply because of their faith. How can they rejoice in such circumstances? It's not just the big geopolitical stuff of course. There are things closer to home to worry about, too. Do we rejoice when we think about our finances, our relationships, our health? We can rejoice because of the God who feels our pain, and more importantly, the God who did something about it. This is the God who came into the world as a baby. That world was in a mess. Roman occupation of the land of His forefathers meant misery. More than 2,000 years later, not much has changed. There is misery every time we turn on the news. But as Christians, we know that's not the full story. We can then anticipate the time when there will be no more misery and no more suffering. No more terror attacks and bombings, no more money worries, no more persecution of our brothers and sisters overseas. Resurrection means the victory of life over death, of hope over despair and of joy over misery. To get to Resurrection Sunday, though, we have to go through the suffering of Good Friday. So, while it might seem like this is the worst time to celebrate, actually this is the best time…This is a celebration which acknowledges the suffering in the world. It's a celebration which transforms suffering into joy. After all, resurrection is only possible after death. (http://www.christiantoday.com/article/in.a.world.with.so.much.tragedy.heres.why.we.should.celebrate.easter/82600.htm)
The promise of the resurrection is one of the most precious and glorious gifts God gives us in his Word. Psalm 30 is a song that celebrates the resurrection. Originally written, the superscription to the Psalm indicates that this is a psalm of David, The phrase “A Psalm of David” could mean that it was written by David, for David, about David, or even in the style of David. David was a prophet who spoke of Christ (cf. Acts 2:30, 31), and ultimately this psalm points forward to Jesus Christ, the Son of David. Reading Psalm 30 in light of Jesus’ resurrection helps explain the historical note in the inspired superscription, “A SONG AT THE DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE.” The temple wasn’t built in David’s lifetime. Solomon built it several years after David died. The historical outline of 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21 provides a perfect framework into which we may place Psalm 30, describing the purchase, the erection of an altar, and the dedication by David of the threshing floor of Araunah. It seems likely that the dedication of this site, upon which later David’s son would build the glorious Solomonic Temple, is meant by the superscription of the psalm. (Hindson, E. E., & Kroll, W. M. (Eds.). (1994). KJV Bible Commentary (p. 1018). Nashville: Thomas Nelson).