Psalm 30: Praise for Good Health

What can we say about God that would qualify as “highest praise”?

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Psalm 30:1 David’s song for dedication of the Temple.
You deserve the highest praise, Lord, for you have lifted me up and kept my enemies from gloating.
King James
Psalm 30:1 <A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.> I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

How might we expand our ideas about God’s “healing”?

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Psalm 30:2–3 I cried for your help, Lord God, and you healed me. You saved me from death, Lord, preserving my life so I was not laid in the grave.
King James
Psalm 30:2–3 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

What does it mean to “meditate” upon God’s holiness?

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Psalm 30:4 Let the people sing praises to the Lord, giving thanks as they meditate upon his holiness.
King James
Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

How does the anger of a vengeful person differ from the anger expressed by a loving God?

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Psalm 30:5 What may seem like anger is nothing compared to God’s great concern for our lives. You may weep through the night, but the dawn of rejoicing is coming.
King James
Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

What must happen for our weeping to change to rejoicing?

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Psalm 30:5 What may seem like anger is nothing compared to God’s great concern for our lives. You may weep through the night, but the dawn of rejoicing is coming.
King James
Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Why might people think they are doing well when actually they are not? When might we think we’re not doing well, when actually, we are?

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Psalm 30:6 When I had everything I wanted, I said I was secure, doing superbly well.
Revelation 3:17 While you say, “I am rich, my business is thriving, and I have everything I could want,” you don’t realize how pitifully poor, blind, and naked you are, spiritually destitute.
King James
Psalm 30:6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

How can we sense God’s presence? What should we do if we don’t?

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Psalm 30:7 You favored me, Lord, with strength to stand firm like a mountain. But when I didn’t sense your presence, I was terrified.
King James
Psalm 30:7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

What kinds of favor can we expect from God?

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Psalm 30:8–9 I cried to you, Lord, begging for your favor, saying, “Of what good am I if I am killed and laid in the grave? Can my decayed body praise you and declare your faithfulness?”
Jeremiah 29:11 The Lord says, “I have fully drawn up the plans I have for your lives. The details are laid out to complete something very good, not to harm you at all, but to give you hope for what comes in the end.”
Philippians 4:13 In all situations, no matter how little or how much I have, I must depend on Christ for my strength and guidance.
King James
Psalm 30:8–9 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

In what ways might our praise continue after we die?

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Psalm 30:8–9 I cried to you, Lord, begging for your favor, saying, “Of what good am I if I am killed and laid in the grave? Can my decayed body praise you and declare your faithfulness?”
2 Peter 3:1–2 My friends, I’m writing this second letter to remind you of the truth and keep your thoughts pure. Remember what the prophets wrote, and heed the instructions of the special messengers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
King James
Psalm 30:8–9 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
2 Peter 3:1–2 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

What should we do if we pray for God’s help but our expectations aren’t met?

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Psalm 30:10–11 Hear my prayer, Lord, and be merciful. I need your help.
You turn my mourning into joyful dancing. My garment with grief is girded with gladness.
King James
Psalm 30:10–11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

What is needed for our hearts to “overflow with praise”?

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Psalm 30:12 My heart overflows with praise, Lord God. I cannot be silent but must express my gratitude forever.
King James
Psalm 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.