Psalm 30 - In my ease, I said, I shall never be moved.
This psalm is another of my favorites. I think it is the best pattern of repenting and coming back to the Lord as our 1st love
in this psalm is one of my all time favorite verses. Also vv 6-7
are favorites as a warning.
I used to think that this was a joyful, celebrating psalm, mainly because I was just familiar with verses 4
-5, 11 & 12.
The Psalm Title
refers to David's dedication of the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite as the site for the Temple (1 Chron 22:1; 2 Sam 24:18,25
). To appreciate this psalm, you need to be familiar with David's grave mistake in numbering the people and the consequences as recorded in 2 Sam. 24 & 1 Chron 21.
KJV wrongly translates the title of this psalm as "at the dedication of the house of David." This is wrong based both on the content of the psalm and on the Hebrew in the psalm title.
Jehovah hid His face from David, and David got in trouble. (v7)
David made supplication to Jehovah. (v8
) (2 Sam. 24:10
; 1 Chron. 21:8
Jehovah's wrath lasted a short time. (v5
). (2 Sam 24:13
,15; 1 Chron 21:12
David was clothed in sackcloth. (v11
). (1 Chron. 21:16
David said "This is the house of Jehovah" regarding Ornan's threshing floor. (1 Chron 22:1.
Psalm 30 title
Furthermore, the 2 Hebrew words that KJV translated as "house of David" are "ha-beth le-David". The phrase "house of <name>" is very common in the Old Testament, and it never uses the preposition "le" in front of <name>. To say "house of David", the Hebrew should say "beth David", not "ha-beth le-David". "le-David" is the way of showing Psalm authorship.
3 are David's praise to the Lord for restoring him. The Lord drew him up, did not let his enemies rejoice over him, healed him, brought him up from the dead, and made him alive.
- For the Lord to draw us up is for Him to restore us to our proper stand. The Hebrew word is used for drawing water up out of a well. This usually is through a suffering or loss that we thought would never happen to us. There is a natural tendency for us to fall from our God-ordained simplicity in Christ, and yet to think that we have advanced (1 Cor. 10:12
To stand in having the Lord as our 1st love, we need to practice Eph. 6:11-18
, to be restricted by the truth & a good conscience. We need to stand upon the gospel of peace, that is what the Lord did for us, and not upon any special doctrine or practice. Then, with these 3 as a base, we take up the shield of faith. The shield of faith surrounds us in all directions. When we meet the troubles which satan throws at us with faith, the troubles strengthen our faith. Most importantly, we need to enjoy the Word of God constantly, staying very close to Word, using it to pray to the Lord specific things for all the saints all the time. The Word then becomes our helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, to slay the thoughts that would have us depart from the Lord. Commentaries on the Word are not a substitute for the Word itself.
We are in a war against spiritual wickedness in the heavens, and those forces rejoice to see us individually, and the local church we serve to be defeated.
- David saw the angel of death with his sword raised over Jerusalem. He prayed, Lord, let this be on me and on my family instead of on Your people. He thought he was as good as dead. (1 Chron. 21:16
; 2 Sam. 24:17
are David's encouragement to God's people based on his experience which follows.
lit. Give thanks for the remembrance of His holiness.
When I remember God's holiness, it gives me a healthy holy fear, reminding me that I need to be not only good, but holy.
tell the trouble. The same will happen to us if we think we know the way to be an overcomer, and become independent of the daily leading of the Lord.
tell how David prayed. This is a great prayer. We should all realize that we are a profit for the Lord and that He will suffer loss if we die.
- The word "dancing" seems inappropriate for the severity of the consequence of David's sin in 2Sam 24 and 1Chron 21. 70,000 people died (2Sam 24:15
I think there is a time gap of some years between 1Chron 21:28
, when David sacrificed at the threshing floor of Ornan, and 22:1
, when David dedicated the location of the house of God, when this psalm takes place. This is indicated by 1Chron 21:29-30
, which seem to be for a period of time. Also 1Chron 21:29
starts in Hebrew with "and <noun>", which indicates a time break in the narrative.
I think there was a tendency to be silent because of all the lives that were lost due to David's error.
. I will extol Thee, O LORD God
for You have delivered me,
and You have not allowed my foes
to triumph with
joy o'er me.
O LORD my God, I cried to Thee
and You healed my very
O LORD, You have brought me up from
the place of the dead, Sheol.
You have made me alive, that I
should not go down to the pit.
Sing to the LORD, you saints of His.
Give thanks at His holiness.
5. For His wrath is for a moment;
His favor, for a life long.
Weeping may visit for a night,
but in morning comes a song.
I, in my prosperity, said,
I shall never shaken be.
7. LORD, by Your favor You had made
my mountain to stand strongly.
You hid Your face, I was troubled.
I called unto Thee, O LORD,
and to the Lord made petition.
What good will my death do, Lord?
9. What profit is there in my blood,
if I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise Thee for Thy good?
shall the dust declare Thy truth?
10. Hear, LORD, and be gracious to me.
The Lord became help to me.
You turned my mourning to dancing
and put off sackcloth from me,
and You've girded me with gladness
. to the end that my
may sing psalms of praises to Thee,
and it shall not silent be.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks,
thanks unto Thee forever.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks,
thanks unto Thee forever.
Rev 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your lampstand out of its place, except you repent.
1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
2 Sam 24:1
And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go,
number Israel and Judah.
And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech Thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of Thy servant; for I have done
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy
land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are
let me not fall into the hand of man.
So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people
from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.
And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the
threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my
And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah
25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
1 Chron 21:1
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the
iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
12 Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.
13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.
14 So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by
the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
17 And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.
18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.
27 And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.
28 At that time when David saw that the LORD had answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were
season in the high place at Gibeon.
30 But David could not go before it to enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD
1 Chron 22:1 And David said, This is the house of Jehovah God, and this is the altar of burnt-offering for Israel.
1 Chron 27:24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David.
Genesis 20:17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. (This is the 1st mention of this Hebrew word "healed" in the Bible.)
2 Kings 2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jeremiah 3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Ezekiel 47:8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moves, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
Leviticus 14:48 And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plastered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed.