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Psalm 30 (NIV)
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. 6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” 7 Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. 8 To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord, I cried for mercy: 9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” 11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Has God turned a time of wailing into a time of dancing for you?
You are my God at all times. There are seasons of struggle and seasons of joy. There are times when I have been shaken to my core. Whatever pain and suffering that I go through, let it bring me back to You. Fill me with Your healing power. Your powers of comfort, strengthening, and revival are unlimited. I know that both joy and sadness are temporary conditions. When my life is filled with joy, help me to remember to give thanks to You. When I am enduring pain and tears, let me remember to give thanks to You. Help me to praise You in the midst of all things. I know that you are wise and loving and that no mere circumstance can change that. Let me go to sleep in peace after reading Your Word and begin each day on my knees. Lord God, thank you for keeping me alive through another day and for preserving me through another night. I lift up my voice and my hands to your goodness. Now let me lift up my life today in service for your purposes. Amen
*Content for today’s prayer taken from Dr. David Jeremiah “Shelter In God”