DOES YOUR FAITH SING?
Saturday was a sad day for us. Kimberly and I discovered that our doctor had passed away. We don’t know why he died but he was quarantined with Covid-19. We were in shock. We sat together and remembered our time with him, what he was like and what this must mean to his family and his practice.
Then yesterday we learned of a former pastor from Amarillo passed away a couple weeks ago of Covid-19. Again, we were in shock. We are grateful they both knew Jesus and are with Him now. However, the news brought a soberness and seriousness to this season we are in. We do not know when our time to pass over will come.
David went through a plague that killed thousands and recounts his difficulties in Psalm 30. David wrote the song to recount the event. He wrote it in faith to be sung at the dedication of the temple which he will never see. David’s faith saw the fulfillment of the promise of God’s dwelling place among His people. This song tells us that faith sings.
"I will not be silent; I will sing praise to you. LORD, you are my God;
I will give you thanks forever." Ps 30:12 GNT
Psalm 30 is a “psalm" and a “song.” They are two different things. A “psalm" meaning to be played with a musical instrument and a “song" meaning to be sung with human voices. The song tells us to tune the guitars and lift up the voice in melody and let our faith sing.
When the plague came David prayed for himself and his people. David could hardly get the words out as he cried out like a child desperate for freedom from his sickness. He looked to the Great Physician and acknowledged the healing power that comes from the hand of Doctor God.
Later in the Psalm David invites all God’s people, “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” (Ps 30:4 ESV). David is saying, "Join my song. Assist me in expressing my gratefulness to God for saving and healing us.” “Sing" here, or “zamar,” means to play a guitar and sing to Jehovah. Give “thanks,” or “yadah," means to cast out your hands as if throwing blessings to God.
Spurgeon said, "Let your songs be grateful songs, in which the Lord's mercies shall live again …in the very remembrance of the past should tune our harps, even if present joys be lacking." (C.H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David; Psalm 30)
God's "anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Ps 30:5 NLT) The plague came upon Jerusalem because of David’s sins. At his repentance the healing came. The night of God’s judgement is short because God is slow to anger and swift to end the punishment.
David tells God when You "turned your face (your presence) away from me, and I was shattered. I cried out to you, O Lord. I begged the Lord for mercy.” (Ps 30:7, 8 NLT). When we come to our whit’s end and have nowhere else to turn, we can still run to the throne of grace - the mercy seat of our Beloved - where we can find help in a time of need.
David said, in verse 11, "You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy." When God takes away our distress and our mourning what replaces it; peace and quiet? No much more. He makes our hearts dance at the sound of His name. He takes off our potato-sack clothes and robes us with the glorious garment of praise. “So that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” (verse12 NIV)
There are so many things to be grateful for in this season. I encourage you to focus on those kind mercies and let your thankful voice be heard. Let your faith sing. For there are no mute children in our Father’s house.
Have you been crying recently, lamenting, and complaining? Well I want you to know “faith can sing." Faith will turn your lamentation into laudation. Does your faith sing? Turn your focus on who God is and let your faith arise and sing. Receive the exhortation of David. "Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” (Ps 30:4)