You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness (Psalm 30:11).
Psalm 30 is the best of Psalms and Psalm 30 is the worst of Psalms.
Worst of Psalms:
It describes dancing before the Lord in gladness. I had a nimble and lithe dancer look at me once during worship and say, “You should dance before the Lord.”
If you know what I look like, with my nimble and lithe deficiency, you understand that dancing in public would become my worst worship experience – along with everyone else in attendance!
Best of Psalms:
It describes a time in David’s life when he was beset with enemies, sickness, results from his own sin, and was on the verge of death. Then David cried out to God, “Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper.”
David concludes with, “You have turned my mourning into dancing… O Lord, I will give thanks to you forever” (vv. 11-12).
Psalm 30 brings relief to any situation!
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me (v. 2).
His anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime (v. 5).
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning (v. 5).
By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong (v. 7).
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper (v. 10)!
In Psalm 30, the glory of the Lord’s grace overwhelms social constraints. Like attending a concert where you might dance, shout, and sing – you are so euphoric that you express yourself with joy.
This happens in the presence of the Lord. In that moment you are changed.
Have you ever felt different after a concert, after reading a good book, or laughing with a friend? That’s David in Psalm 30. From the worst to the best after experiencing the presence of God.
It should describe our worship too.
(Except for me dancing!)