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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #105
Posted: December 14, 2006

PSALM 30:1-3

We turn out hearts of study again this week to Psalm 30.  Some believe this Psalm was written when David became King and built a permanent dwelling place.  In II Samuel 5:11 the King of Tyre sent cedars to build this house to celebrate that David was no longer a cave dweller but now Israel’s King.  We should call together our Christian friends when there is a new dwelling and show to all that where we dwell, God has an altar.

Some believe it was written on David’s second attempt to move the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem.  When the ark was moved six paces David sacrificed an animal and danced before the Lord.

Some believe it was written when David numbered the people and was cursed with a plague.  In order to stay the plague he bought land from Araunah the Jebusite and offered a sacrifice.  This land was Mt. Moriah, the future site of the temple of worship.  No matter which of these interpretations is right we are sure of one thing, this was a very dark time in Israel’s history and God brought them out into the light.  In response they celebrated Him by giving Him glory.  It is called a ‘Song’ and a ‘Psalm’ in the title, which indicates that the voices were to be accompanied by musical instruments.

Let us look at verses 1-3, which say, I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God , I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou has brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.”

In verse 1 David responds in like kind to what God has done in his own life.  He ‘extols’ the LORD because the LORD has ‘lifted’ him up.  The word ‘extol’ means to be exalted on high and lifted up.  Oh, let us who know our Lord extol His Name, His Character, His Attributes, His Mercy, and His Great Patience with us His people.  David has been ‘lifted’.  This word means to let down into a well and draw up full.  He is excited that the Lord has not allowed his enemies to rejoice over him.  David’s enemies would have counted him down by a knock out, but he is lifted with a throne to sit upon and the anticipation of a temple to worship in.

In verse 2 David becomes more intimate with the Lord.  He moves from ‘O LORD’ in verse 1 to ‘O LORD my God’ in verse 2. It is a blessed thing to say of Him, ‘He is my creator’.  When there is a need of healing let us go first to our Lord.  King Asa and the woman with the issue of blood sought for the Doctor and were none the better.  If our watch were broken we would not take it to a plumber but a watchmaker.  Let us take our bodies to the Great Physician who created them.  He can make them right.  If we need medicine let us not forget it is still the Lord that must touch that medicine with His healing power.

On three different occasions in verses 2-3 David used the phrase, ‘thou hast’.  It is not a phrase of ‘hope so’ but a ‘confident expectation’.  David proclaims with glad confidence that he has been healed, he has been delivered from the edge of the grave, and he has been kept from the pit of distressing depression.

At this time of the year as we look over what the Lord has done for us, whether it be little or much, let us extol the Lord before this world.