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Psalms On Saturday ~ Psalm 30

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!)