The temple, the centerpiece of Israel’s devotion to Jehovah God, was being dedicated. It was time for David to mark this milestone with a Psalm. Many people would be tempted to dwell on their shining moments or sanitize the ugly ones, but David chose to focus on the ones in which his only hope was the mercy of God! We find no self-glorification here, but a marveling at the mercy that rescued David from what surely would have been his doom. David extols the Lord’s favor as the only reason he was not “among those who go down to the pit”! He does not deny that he has felt the sting of correction, but delights in the renewal that followed in a way that assures us that no correction from God’s hand can compare to the favor that follows it. No matter what self-inflicted mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, there is joy on the other side!
Regional Coordinator, Andean Region of South America
Prayer: Lord, within ChildHope ministry, we have moments like these in which we are so aware that what has built that new wing, or poured the concrete for a new project, or made a new feeding program possible has been the favor of God. We celebrate with David the transforming power of a God who uses broken people. We ask you to continue to show your faithfulness in the midst of our weakness.
1I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
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