Our church services begin with the Praise and Worship session wherein we enthusiastically praise God with meaningful songs and vibrant music. The worship team motivates others to worship actively. People also are inspired by the worship team and look for churches where worship is active and attractive. People believe that worshipping creates an atmosphere to have the presence of God, and it prepares our hearts to receive Him. Some institutions exclusively teach and train worship leaders to perform efficiently using their tone and body language.
Do we still linger on the old testament scripture where harps played to invite the presence of God? Praising God is not fetching God but expressing our overwhelming joy because of His presence. God is always with us and within us.
God Heals Us
I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me upPsalms 30:1-2
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
This Psalm shows us how enthusiastically the Psalmist praised God when he felt God’s presence amidst his critical situation. The fear of falling into the hands of his enemies tormented him all through his lifetime. For any King, dying is a better option than being captured by the enemies to be tortured alive. The Psalmist believed in God and asked to be delivered from the hands of his enemies. Then, the Psalmist did not mention that God rescued him from his foes and did not let them rejoice over him, but he said that God healed him. God healed him from his fear of falling into the hands of his foes as He ignited faith in his heart to ascertain his presence.
We do not fear the pain that we have to undergo in the fiery hell if we are captured by our enemy, the devil. On the contrary, we fear following Jesus thinking that it is not a profitable option while living in this world. In other words, we do not fear evil, and we compete with the evildoers in every way.
But the Psalmist feared being captured and cried to God to be healed of his fear. Unfortunately, we do not ask God to heal our fear of being caught by the devil. Often we compromise with evil to temporarily curb the pain of fear by associating ourselves with fear inducers. Failing to ask God to heal our fear, we pray to God to heal the consequences of our fear. Resisting evil from the beginning produces perseverance, and perseverance increases faith, and faith reveals the plans of God. Subsequently, this will enable us to praise God profusely.
God Saves Us
You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people;Psalms 30:3-4
praise his holy name.
Fear destroys our hope and lures us not to believe in God and His love. When we do not believe in God, we embrace eternal death. God does not want His children to live in constant fear. When we feared death, Jesus shared in our humanity to conquer death and to deliver us not only from eternal death but also from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). The psalmist recorded this experience at the beginning of this Psalm. Further, he taught us that the probability of landing in Seoul had also nullified when our fear had gone.
This Psalm persuades us to show faithfulness to our faithful God and praise His holy name for the priceless salvation He has provided us.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
You turned my wailing into dancing;Psalms 30: 5&11
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
We assume that our problems are permanent and stay with us forever. We even forget that our stay in this world is not permanent. Our stages of life themselves, childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age, explain that our stay in this world is brief. We seldom go through the manual (The Bible) of the handiwork of God to understand His plans. Whenever a crisis comes, the devil fools us by saying, God is angry at us and does not let us read His manual.
God is not angry at us, but He loves us and sent His only begotten Son to save us. God gave us the Sonship and became our father. A father’s anger is not permanent but very brief (Hebrews 12:7). The momentary blow of God is to chasten us but not to condemn us. When we approach God with the fear of reverence, the fear inducer will run away from our lives. When there is no one to instill fear in us or to confuse us, we can vividly discern the love and provision of God. We will say that our weeping is momentary, but rejoicing is infinite.
Cloudy days do not linger forever because the sun also shines during cloudy days, but its rays do not reach us. During our days of agony, God does not stop working. If we believe, God accomplishes His purpose in our lives and changes our momentary troubles into eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Wasting Our Lives
O you, LORD, I called;Psalms 30:8-9
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
This Psalm sensitizes us to utilize this short life span to gain everlasting eternity. If we gain the wisdom of God, we will praise Him among the saints forever. The Psalmist was aware of the plight of the souls that reaches Hades. Jesus explained this truth through a parable of a rich man and Lazarus that there is a great chasm between heaven and hell, and no one can cross over that chasm (Luke 16:26). Paul spent his life for the Corinthians so that they may come to Jesus (2 Corinthians 12:15).
How do we contribute to drawing people to Jesus? Do we gather people for God or scatter them for the devil (Luke 11:23)? Jesus warned people who do not understand that there is a life after death and are busy accumulating assets. “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself (Luke 12:20)?’ Let our salvation experience be renewed daily amidst various challenges we face so that we would gather people for God.
Singing Praises Forever
Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me;Psalms 30:10&12
LORD, be my help. that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
This Psalm ends with an encouragement to thank God for His mercies and teaches us to depend on God for everything. Do we love to spend our time with Him? In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, we see people talking about their hardships, forgetting the hours they were together with their master. Abiding in His presence should not tire us but should rejuvenate our spirits. Worshipping God eloquently before hearing a sermon would not be enough to glorify His name.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.Romans 12:1
Dear God, help us become true worshipers of our Father.