July 13, 2021
READ – July 14 Midweek Bible Devotion – Psalm 30!
1 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.
3 O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of ]His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
6 Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”
7 Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
David wrote Psalm 30 for the dedication of the temple. It was an event that took place after David’s lifetime (1 Kings 8:63). We see David calling on his fellow worshippers to sing thanks and praise to God – (Psalm 30:4 4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.) What did the temple signify?
The temple was very significant in the life of the people of Israel because it signified the very presence of God in their midst. In a sense Eden had been the very first temple. There God dwelt with humanity in uninterrupted fellowship. The divine and the human, the infinite and the finite; communed. The fall into sin expelled mankind from the garden, however, and God withdrew his presence to heaven. How could their fellowship be restored? The answer that unfolds through the Old Testament is first the tabernacle, which was an earthly portable temple, and then the temple itself. In the tabernacle and the temple, the divine and the human, the sacred and the profane, once more met.
The temple was not God’s final answer of how he would dwell once more among his people, for he gave us abundant reason to join David in singing his praise and giving thanks to him forever – Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. We know just how it is that God’s “anger is but for a moment, and his favor a lifetime” Psalm 30:5. God drew near to his people through his own Son, Jesus – not in a building made of stones and wood but in a body made of flesh and blood. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God draws near to sinners and enjoys fellowship with us once more. LET US GIVE HIM PRAISE!!!
Continue to pray for Belle Heard in the hospital. She will be moved to rehab. Pray also for Billy Mills and Houstin Wilson as they deal with serious medical issues.
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 18 OUR SERVICE IS AS FOLLOWS: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL. MORNING SERVICE IS AT 11:00. INDOOR PICNIC WILL FOLLOW AT NOON! Burgers, 100% beef hotdogs, buns, drinks, mustard and catsup will be provided!!! Bring your favorite side, sandwich toppings and dessert.
Remember to pray for one another.
Love and prayers, Pastor Mike Owen