In the writing
of Psalm 30 David has been delivered from Absalom. There has been
the gathering of materials for the building of a house. In verses
1-5 David has rejoiced in these beginning days of 40 years of peace
Let us turn our
attention this week to verses 6-7, which say,
And in my prosperity I said, I
shall never be moved. LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain
to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
It was during this time of peace and rest
that David entered into his greatest time of temptation. Many
vessels flounder and lose their way while in calm waters. There is
no temptation as bad as tranquility. Richard Gilpin said, The
two greatest times of temptation are when God has called upon us for
a special service or laid upon you a special favor. It is
during these times that Satan comes with his greatest temptation.
The word prosperity in verse 6
means peace, tranquility arising from an affluent prosperous
condition. I fear the reference to this prosperity as
. I am reminded of our son getting on to his son
for referring to things as mine. My son said that it
teaches him self-abasement and that nothing in this world is ours.
I thought it silly, but after a meditation upon these verses I thank
the Lord for this consistent discipline of my son even in the
mundane language of this little one.
Let us never have the confidence of
continual stability in this world. Let us remember this powerful
statement, Never say never. (Vs. 6
I shall never be
I can now see
plainly why Solomon prayed, Lord let me not be poor neither let
me be rich. If I am poor I may be prone to deny you and if I
am rich I may be prone to forsake you. Success can often release an
intoxicating fume of pride into our brains that causes us to become
David does mention the Lords favour
in verse 7 but he says God showed it to my mountain. David
feels once again that this high and lofty place he has reached has
something to do with his own doings. Nothing stands strong unless
it stands alone upon the Lord. On Christ the solid rock I
stand, all other ground is sinking sand. If it is our mountain
of success it is sinking sand and will soon be removed from its
place of stability.
Gods response to Davids word my
is to hide His face from him. When God hides His face, David finds
himself troubled. Prosperity can bring confidence, confidence may
bring carelessness, and carelessness will bring the withdrawal of
Gods presence. There is no greater trouble for the child of God
than to sense that God has turned away from us. The word trouble
means to be sorely terrified. Thomas Brooks said the sunflower
folds up and droops its face when the sun is clouded or goes down.
Let us claim no ownership to anything in this world that we may bask
in the Son-Shine of the world to come.