I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Comment: Above this psalm in the ESV translation of the Bible the heading says ‘A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.’. This is interesting as the first temple in Jerusalem was built by Solomon after David was dead. He had dreamed of building a temple and had been told by God that he wouldn’t. So this, it seems, is a psalm written in hope that it will be used in the future. At any rate why does it start off like we read today. It is interesting that the word ‘healed’ is there. Had he been injured? It seems as if he needed healing because of something his foes had done. It sounds as if the ‘injury’ was enough to think that he was likely to end up underground.
But then the whole tone of the psalm changes. We’ll have to wait to see what tomorrow brings us, but suddenly the ‘underground’ mood becomes one of thankfulness and excitement. Maybe God shows His temporary displeasure but His favour is shown throughout life.
After a night of tossing and turning, David awakes with a heart full of joy. God has brought him out the other side of his troubles.
Prayer: Thank You, Father. for being with us through tough times.