Winning More Medals and 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.
Carl Lewis, the famous American runner won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic 100 meter sprint, walked over and placed it in his father’s hands and then said, “don’t worry,” to his shocked mother. “I’ll get another one.” In 1988 though unusual circumstances, he did just that.
Based upon the header, I believe that Psalm 30 was written for the dedication of David’s palace. He gives his 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 God deserved the credit. In verse nine we find a prayer in which he asks God a question, “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?” He is through that question giving God a reason to keep him alive. He is saying, “If I am alive, I will praise you. If you keep me breathing, I will use that breath to brag on you.” That made me think, what reason have I given the Lord to keep me around? I want to live in such a way that the world is better with me above it and not six feet under it don’t you? In the final verse David gave his reason for living and the goal of his life. “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, but not for himself. He would get the earthly glories so that he could give them to his God, so that they would sing praise to the Lord. Recognition and awards here can be a good thing. Having the spotlight on us can be a blessing, as long as we use those opportunities to move the spotlight to our Savior. I read in the book of Revelation that we will take our crowns and cast them at the feet of Jesus and say, “thou art worthy to receive glory and honor and praise…” Let’s commit ourselves to winning more crowns so we can cast them before Christ.