An Excuse for Worship
Devotional Reading from Psalm 30:1-6
A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.
1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up,
And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 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.
4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his,
And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
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.
6 And in my prosperity I said,
I shall never be moved.
Please notice the header of this Psalm. “A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.” I have to admit that many Bible teachers can’t tell us for sure what this means. Some believe that he was speaking of the Temple which is strange because although he had bought the land, prepared the material for the building of the temple he wasn’t there for its building or dedication. Other Bible teachers think he is referring to his own house. I for one, choose to take the Bible at complete face value and say that if the temple was meant then it would have been called the House of the Lord not the house of David. I believe David’s own house was meant and this was the order of the service at his house dedication. David had built a mansion but understood that God should get the glory from it. What would happen if we decided to use what we have, everything we have, as a tool to honor God? His opening prayer is in the first three verses in which he gives the Lord the credit for lifting David, delivering David from his enemies especially the enemy of death. In the fourth verse David encourages his guests to worship. David was always looking for an excuse to worship God. They think they have come to a house warming, ha, they have come to a worship service! If by chance you are not in a worship mood today, maybe you can’t find an excuse to praise God, then David gives us a reason in verse five, “For his anger endureth but a moment; his favor is life: Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning”. Even when things are bad, God is good! Worship should not be based on our feelings or conditions. Faith is what pleases God! Faith worship says, “He will make this a blessing, so by faith I will praise him in advance!” The devil operates on a credit basis. He encourages us to have fun now and pay dearly later. God lets us invest now for big dividends later. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!