Going Deeper 5-1-19

‚ÄčThe Psalm for Easter 3...
Psalm 30   I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.  O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.  O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.  Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.  For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime.  Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.  As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never be moved."  By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.  To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication: "What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit?  Will the dust praise you?  Will it tell of your faithfulness?  Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!  O Lord, be my helper!"  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 forever.

There are times when Psalm 30 is "just what the pastor ordered."  There are times when members of our church family are going through thingss so hard and painful that I simply lack for words adequate for the needs of the moment.  What a gift Psalms like this can be!  These words can bring hope and provide the cries of the heart for those going through desperate times.

That being said, there is relevance in this Psalm for all of us, especially after our recent transition for the season of Lent to the season of Easter.  During Lent, we cry out to God in desperation.  We focus on the fact that we have proven to be incapable of conquering our sinful nature.  And on top of that, we enter the story of Jesus' passion, walking with Him and His followers through the traumatic hours leading up to His death.  This is a time of sorrow.

However, "Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning."  That is our expression of Easter morning!  Our "mourning" has been turned into "dancing."   And that Easter joy becomes part of our whole-life reality, bringing hope and comfort during the times of pain and sorrow.  It is in the light of this truth that we can indeed experience a peace that passes all understanding, and peace that comes from God and from nowhere else, a peace that keeps our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.  (see Philippians 4)

Amen!

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

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