The promise to restore
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalms 30:3-5
If we are not looking forward to the promise of home in heaven where there is no more night, we will always live our lives feeling as though darkness is forever. When feeling of darkness pervades, tendency is to feel exhausted. Every grain of our body is aching and that relief is nowhere to be found. Even chores that are supposed to be routine become unending tasks that makes us tired. We feel so overwhelmed that everything seemed to be out there to overtake our soul. We lose our perspective in life that our journey is placed on a standstill. From the text, the Psalmist prayed to be healed. He knew that it was because of his disobedience that zapped the strength within. Yet God in His mercy rescued him and spared him from his downfall. Now he has a reason to be grateful to God and offer to him his praise. Once we violate God’s will for our lives, we tend to isolate ourselves from God. But just like the Psalmist, God will not allow us to remain in such condition that He will call us back to Him. No matter how lost or broken we are, like the Psalmist from our text, God should be the source of our strength and stability. “When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken” (Psalms 30:6). God alone is the One who could lift you out of your misery. “Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths” (Psalms 30:1). He is the One that can turn your crying into praising. He stands and intercedes for you. So if God is for you, who could be against you? (Romans 8:31) God is your “friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). So like the Psalmist, in times of darkness, cry out to God in prayer. He is the One who promised that in Him there would be no more nights. God alone can restore us so we can experience life. Do not forget that we are serving a holy God and He requires that we offer our acceptable worship to Him. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him” (Romans 12:1).
Noel De Guzman