Prayer for today: I praise you, LORD, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.


Psalm 30

1A psalm. A song for the dedication of the Temple.* Of David.


2I praise you, LORD, for you raised me up

and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.

3O LORD, my God,

I cried out to you for help and you healed* me.

4LORD, you brought my soul up from Sheol;

you let me live, from going down to the pit.*a


5Sing praise to the LORD, you faithful;

give thanks to his holy memory.

6For his anger lasts but a moment;

his favor a lifetime.

At dusk weeping comes for the night;

but at dawn there is rejoicing.


7Complacent,* I once said,

"I shall never be shaken."

8LORD, you showed me favor,

established for me mountains of virtue.

But when you hid your face

I was struck with terror.b

9To you, LORD, I cried out;

with the Lord I pleaded for mercy:

10*"What gain is there from my lifeblood,

from my going down to the grave?

Does dust give you thanks

or declare your faithfulness?

11Hear, O LORD, have mercy on me;

LORD, be my helper."


12You changed my mourning into dancing;

you took off my sackcloth

and clothed me with gladness.c

13So that my glory may praise you

and not be silent.

O LORD, my God,

forever will I give you thanks.

* [Psalm 30] An individual thanksgiving in four parts: praise and thanks for deliverance and restoration (Ps 30:24); an invitation to others to join in (Ps 30:56); a flashback to the time before deliverance (Ps 30:711); a return to praise and thanks (Ps 30:12). Two sets of images recur: 1) going down, death, silence; 2) coming up, life, praising. God has delivered the psalmist from one state to the other.


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