God Answers Our Calls
Loving Heavenly Father, I dedicate myself anew to You today. May Your Word guide me as I follow You.
Read Psalm 30:1-12
 A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“God knows, right down to the final nub, exactly where You are in life. He sees. He cares. He is aware. And best of all, he is touched by it” (Chuck Swindoll).
The note at the beginning of this psalm links it with the dedication of the temple and to David. One would have expected to read rather formal and communal words and sentiments, but we encounter highly personal language and experience. The words in v. 4 suggest that the psalmist was in the temple even as he urged his fellow-worshipers to praise God, but the rest of the psalm is couched in very personal (though not individualistic) language.
There is a huge sense of relief in the psalm, as if the psalmist has discovered for himself that the God worshiped in the temple is indeed a God who listens to and answers the prayers of his people (as he had promised). The psalmist was in dire straits, as expressed by words such as “depths,” “enemies,” “up from the grave,” “pit,” “weeping,” “dismayed,” “dust,” “wailing” and “sackcloth.” God, though, had listened and responded to his desperate cry for help and mercy. The language is general enough to be helpful to most people in most situations. There is mention of healing from sickness and impending death (2,3), protection from enemies (1), and deliverance from deep despair (11).
What a wonderful psalm to appropriate the next time you worship God in church! God is real. He does answer prayer and responds to our urgent calls (c.f. Psa. 115). He is faithful and merciful and turns our darkness into joy. He is our ever-present help (Psa. 46:1). We can therefore praise and thank him forever, along with all the others with similar personal experiences and thoughts. The worshiping congregation is then united in wonderful worship that is built on the real actions of the true God and the actual personal experiences of the gathered worshipers. Such worship would help individuals and the whole community, and it would please God immensely.
How can you share regularly with your fellow-worshipers how God is answering your prayers, while encouraging them to do the same?
Lord, what a joy it is when You answer my prayers in the ways I want. Give me grace to trust You when they seem not to be answered my way.
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