Do you have stories you can’t resist telling? I have a few, but there is one in particular that stands out above the rest. In the past couple days, I have told the story multiple times to several people. It may border on annoying. But this story fills me with gratitude, and I cannot keep it from overflowing.
It is the story of my son’s name. (I have told this story on the blog before. If you have not seen it, you may want to take a few minutes to check it out.)
Even after six years, I am not tired of remembering and recounting what happened that day. It was and is such a powerful reminder of God’s faithfulness.
And though I am beyond grateful that things turned out well, I don’t say God was faithful because of the outcome. God was faithful because He came near. In traumatic circumstances, when emotions and questions were swirling around, God faithfully brought me the peace of His presence.
When I read Psalm 30, what impacts me is the personal presence of God. Right from the beginning, God is hands-on in David’s rescue. The Hebrew words used to describe God lifting David up are the same used to describe drawing water up from a well. God is tangibly there, hoisting David out.
God is present. God is faithful.
This Psalm seems to bubble out of David the same way the story of my son’s name overflows from me. David cannot help but share how God has been faithful to him. That is the way it should be. Stories of God's faithfulness are bursts of encouragement to our faith.
Instead of inserting any more of my own words, I want to take the rest of this post to let the Psalm speak for itself.
Does this Psalm remind you of any stories of God’s faithfulness in your life?
I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 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.
When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.”
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
- Psalm 30
Walk through the Psalms is a series reflecting on the beautiful and timeless poetry found in the middle of the Bible. It is an intentional study of God’s Word, grounded in the belief that God gave us the Bible so we could meditate on it, whether that takes us through inspiring or frustrating territory.