Psalm 30, 11-12
Something to read
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Have you ever met someone who has experienced something so spectacular or unusual that they continually retell their experience to anyone who will listen?
In verses 1-5, David wrote about the transforming power of God in his life. Here in these closing two verses he returns to that same theme [see v11], emphasising the tremendous changes by using opposites: mourning v dancing, and sackcloth v clothed with joy [see Sam. 6:14-16]. I don't believe we could think of more vivid contrasts.
David, having experienced such a powerful transformation, admits he can 'not be silent' and he will give thanks [see v4] 'for ever'.
We are offered a greater change than King David could ever appreciate, in and through the person Jesus Christ the Son of God. But how often do we spend time pondering upon that truth? Do we become excited about the renewal going on within us?
Often when a new convert to the Christian faith comes into a congregation, their enthusiasm for the things of God cause discomfort to others in the church, but should that be so? Should we not all be excited by what God has done for us?
Something to do
Spend some time listing what God has given you in Jesus Christ's life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Through reflection, seek within yourself your response to what God has done for you.
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Something to pray
Lord I so often overlook what you have done for me,
Lord forgive me.
Lord my love for you at times has grown cold,
Lord forgive me.
Lord through your Spirit working within me
Deepen my love for you,
Lord in your mercy hear my prayer.
Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister.