My family experienced the death of a dear lady this past week, and I cannot prevent my attention from riveting onto the themes of sadness and mourning in Psalm 30. Once again, though we were assured of our preparedness, and we understand it must be, our hearts are aching at her passing.
But notice both these parts of chapter 30 involve the choice, the act of the will, to offer praise and thanksgiving.
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30: 4-5 ESV).
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever” (verses 11-12).
Sorrow and pain is temporary. Life as we know it in the flesh now is also temporary. But trusting him and being held by his loving hand is eternal. Isn’t it interesting that the psalmist says God loosed his mourning clothing and dressed him with gladness? God gave him that gift. That’s why we can sing praises, give thanks, and not be silent. And we can dance.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis