Commentary for Psalms 30

Praise to God for deliverance. (1-5) Others encouraged by his example. (6-12)

1-5. The great things the Lord has done for us, both by his providence and by his grace, bind us in gratitude to do all we can to advance his kingdom among men, though the most we can do is but little. God's saints in heaven sing to him; why should not those on earth do the same? Not one of all God's perfections carries in it more terror to the wicked, or more comfort to the godly, than his holiness. It is a good sign that we are in some measure partakers of his holiness, if we can heartily rejoice at the remembrance of it. Our happiness is bound up in the Divine favour; if we have that, we have enough, whatever else we want; but as long as God's anger continues, so long the saints' weeping continues.

6-12 When things are well with us, we are very apt to think that they will always be so. When we see our mistake, it becomes us to think with shame upon our carnal security as our folly. If God hide his face, a good man is troubled, though no other calamity befal him. But if God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, it will be the greatest folly if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark. The sanctified spirit, which returns to God, shall praise him, shall be still praising him; but the services of God's house cannot be performed by the dust; it cannot praise him; there is none of that device or working in the grave, for it is the land of silence. We ask aright for life, when we do so that we may live to praise him. In due time God delivered the psalmist out of his troubles. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when employed in praising God. He would persevere to the end in praise, hoping that he should shortly be where this would be the everlasting work. But let all beware of carnal security. Neither outward prosperity, nor inward peace, here, are sure and lasting. The Lord, in his favour, has fixed the believer's safety firm as the deep-rooted mountains, but he must expect to meet with temptations and afflictions. When we grow careless, we fall into sin, the Lord hides his face, our comforts droop, and troubles assail us.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 30

  • Christopher
    Don't let them crush me God. I'm so small...
    You are the God of my Salvation. You are The Lord!!!
  • Sonja Williamson
    I will praise and magnify thee because thy have lifted me above my enemies my foes, and my illnesses. They cannot triump over me. I called on the Lord and He heard my cry and healed me.Lord you have not allowed death to take over me. I praise and thank you as I remember your Holy name. His anger or his wrath don't last long. He forgives me and Joy comes in the morning.I will praise my God forever
  • David
    The message is full of encouragement. The writer has lived enough to understand severe hardship and to witness God’s healing which obliterates all the pain.
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    I am lifted from the grave of the dead in trespasses and sins,above my foes,to in turn extol God.I cried,God healed.From the grave to alive,and never to the pit of forever lost.God's anger is a moment,because his favor to us is life forever.Prosperity is grace,God's Riches At Christ's Expense.To be never moved is having the record of God.This is the record,that God hath given to us eternal life.
  • A disciple
    Hi Bill; I love what you wrote; "There are no partially saved people!" Yet it is equally true that as long as we are in the world awaiting our Master's return; that we are responsible for the things He's left us in charge of, and that our diligence and wise dealing with His things, will be what He looks for, in our faithfulness as His House Managers. So in that sense our salvation is not yet done.
  • BSP
    Verse 12: we should not hold back from giving praise to Jehovah God.
  • Mild Bill
    Believers in need of mercy,cry,weep and mourn.Who owns forever?God and those to whom he has given everlasting life through the work of Jesus,we are lifted from the grave unto everlasting,the healed unto everlasting,the favored ones forever.There are no partially saved people.Therein is understanding that produces praise unto the glory of God.Love in return for the greater love shown us on Calvary.
  • I will exalt the name of The Lord.. He's doing something new in me so he continues get the Gliry. Praise him for he is God that can about change...Weeping shall endure in our lives but when his joy settles in us/his joy comes to live and abide in us in his timing. Hallelujah and praise God in his Holiness..Thank you God for your light that shines and your words that never returns void!! I love U
  • Gloria
    It encourages me as a Christian to know that no matter what I go through in life whether it's death in the family or having trouble at work that I must keep the faith and never give up. Keep pressing on. It lets me know that trouble will not last always.
  • Mike T
    Praise His holy name for HE alone is worthy to be praised. What security engage in God and what comfort can be found in these verses. Almighty God of Israel we I adore you


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