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Psalms 30

Verses 1-12

Psalms 30:0

A Psalm of Praise

1. Praise for deliverance (Psalms 30:1-5 )

2. Past experience (Psalms 30:6-12 )

Psalms 30:1-5 . The inscription says that the Psalm was written by David as a song of dedication of the house. It probably means the house of the Lord mentioned in 1 Chronicles 22:1 . The Psalm must be looked upon as expressing prophetically the praise of the nation for the deliverance and when that greater house of the Lord will be on the earth (Ezekiel 40:1-49 , etc.) David’s experience, of course, stands in the foreground. It is generally assumed that David was sick unto death and that the Lord raised him up. But this foreshadows the experience of the remnant of Israel. They approached the pit, while their foes were ready to rejoice over them, but the Lord intervened, and they were saved and healed. Then the singing begins (verse 4). Weeping had endured for a night, the dark night of tribulation, but joy came with the morning, that blessed morning for which all is waiting, when the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

Psalms 30:6-12 . This is a rehearsal of the experiences through which they passed. Mourning for them is turned into dancing; the sackcloth is taken off and the garments of joy and gladness are put on. Then His glory will be manifested and will sing His praise throughout Israel’s land and the whole earth will be filled with His glory.

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Psalms 30". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.