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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #106
Posted: December 21, 2006

PSALM 30:4-5

Let us turn our attention again this week to Psalm 30:4-5, which says, Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  If you recall from last week’s study, David has numbered the people and because of pride he has been struck with a national plague.

When the darkness lifts David invites the people of God to join him in singing.  There is nothing like congregational singing and the singing of a spirit filled choir.   In my travels the special singing doesn’t strike a cord like the singing of a united group.  Here David doesn’t call on just anyone who wants to sing, but he says, “O ye saints of His,” The word ‘saints’ speaks of the set apart or holy ones.  The phrase ‘of His’ speaks of ones personal possession.  There are ones who are actively involved in being set apart and unto our Lord.  It is this group and this group alone who have a song in their heart.  Paul tells us in Ephesians Chapter 5 that the marks of the Spirit filled believer is that he will sing making melody in his heart unto the Lord.  One who has a song doesn’t mean necessarily that they are a singer.  You may not be able to carry a tune in a bucket but have a song in your heart.  I have seen many that have beautiful voices and hit all the right notes but you see none of the juice of the Holy Spirit evident in their singing.

David in verse 4 gives the subject matter of our singing.  They should be songs of thanks.  Songs that are full of gratefulness are a pleasing exercise and profitable engagement. The singing of God’s Word is the highest form of meditation.  It fixes the Word more firmly in the heart than just reading from it does.

We are also told what we are to give thanks for.  David said to give thanks at the ‘remembrance of holiness’.  We often have no present things to sing about, but let us call to remembrance from the past the things that God has done for us.  We are pointed here to his ‘holiness’.  The word speaks of the chastening work of God.  Let us sing about the times in the past when God has sent situations that have caused us to draw nigh to Him with a new zeal.

Let us be reminded from verse 5, ‘His anger is but for a moment’.  In our Lord’s chastening work of His children it lasts but a brief time and it is over.  May we lift our hearts and sing unto the Lord.  We are told, ‘in His favor is life’.  The word ‘favor’ speaks of His face or smile of approval.  Oh, how knowing our God is pleased with us gives life, the ‘Zoe’ type of abundant life of great zeal.

The word ‘weeping’ in verse 5 speaks of mourning that accompanies heartache and sorrow.  There for the child of God endures but for a night.  God never made a night that He didn’t attach to it a morning.  You that are in the dark hour of the soul take comfort ‘The Son’ will shine again.  When He arrives there will be joy unspeakable and full of glory.  If there is no joy here we are headed to a country of endless joy.  Laugh every chance you get because there will be plenty of opportunities in this life for weeping.

The songwriter said this on the subject of singing:  

There’s within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low, ‘Fear not I am with thee, peace be still’, In all of life’s ebb and flow.  Tho’ sometimes He leads through waters deep, Trials fall across the way. Tho’ sometimes the path seems rough and steep, See His footprints all the way.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know.  Fills my every longing,

Keeps me singing as I go.