Casting More Crowns
Daily Devotional Reading from Psalm 30:7-12
7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong:
Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O Lord;
And unto the Lord I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me:
Lord, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:
Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
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.
After winning a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic 100 meter sprint, Carl Lewis placed it in his father’s hands and then said to his shocked mother. “Don't worry, I’ll get another one.”
In 1988 through unusual circumstances, he did just that.
Notice the header of the Psalm.
A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.
Psalm 30, written for the dedication of David’s palace, provides us with David’s testimony of the goodness of God in his life. It is his way of saying, “God built this house, and he built me”. David did not feel that he was a self-made man; his Creator deserved the credit.
In the ninth verse, we find a prayer in which he asks God a question.
Psalm 30:9 “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?”
David is giving God a reason to keep him alive, saying, “If I am alive, I will praise you. If you keep me breathing, I will use that breath to brag on you.”
This prompted me to consider what reason I have given the Lord to keep me around? I want to live, so the earth is better with me above it rather than six feet under it, don’t you?
In the final verse, David gave his singular goal for his life.
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.”
David was committing himself to gain earthly glory, to win more medals, not for self-serving purposes, not for himself.
He would pursue earthly glories so that he could give them to his God so that they would sing praise to the Lord.
Recognition and awards in this life can be a good thing.
Having the spotlight on us can be a blessing, provided that we use those opportunities to shift the spotlight to our Savior.
Revelation teaches that we will take our crowns and cast them at the feet of Jesus, saying, “thou art worthy to receive glory and honor and praise…”
Let’s commit to winning more crowns so we can cast them before Christ.
Come on ya'll let's win him another one!
My 2021 Bible Reading Plan
March 1, 2021