www.thisisalsoit.com – Psalm 30:4

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2030:4&version=KJV

My first reaction was… huh? 🙂

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Ok so we are being directed to God and to remember God in all of this.  It’s all for L.O.V.E. and God is love.  Ok.

But is there more?

On http://www.askelm.com/temple/t080201.htm we find a little background on Psalm 30

Psalm 30 is a short psalm that has a most interesting title attached to it. The title specifically mentions the “house of David.” The theme throughout the twelve verses of Psalm 30 is death. The psalm tells of David’s rescue from God’s anger and an unknown illness that would have led directly to David’s death. God’s reprieve from death gave David an extension of life, just as King Hezekiah was given 15 years extra life during the time of Isaiah the prophet (2 Kings 20:6 and Isaiah 38:5). David eventually died, of course, but David’s extension of life did occur, and it too was to God’s glory. The house of David, the tomb of David is also specified to be to God’s glory.

Ok so was MJs life in danger and he escaped death… had an extension of life.  Or is he talking about us and through this awakening we may be extended our lives and the life of earth as we know it?

The structure of Psalm 30 is as follows:

I.    David’s Triumphs (30:1–3): David praises God for victory over
three things:

A.  Danger (30:1):   David’s enemies did not triumph over
him.

B.  Disease (30:2):    God restored David’s health.

C.  Death (30:3):   The Lord kept David from being killed.

II.   David’s Troubles (30:6–10): David recounts when he was
overwhelmed and cried out to God.

III.  David’s Testimony (30:4–5, 11–12): David praises God for
rescuing him once again, turning his mourning into joy.

So can we take this to mean that MJ is rejoicing as God has rescued him, given him new purpose, and restored his health?

Another commentary on Psalm 30:  Psalm 30 itself is not about happiness, rejoicing, and celebration. It is about David being given a postponement of a death sentence and why death at that time would have reduced God’s glory. It is indeed a thanksgiving psalm, but escape from death is what David is giving thanks about. In other words the psalm is not an expression of celebration, but an expression of relief.

Is this Michael’s message to us?   To let us know he is in good health, he was close to death and has been given a second chance?  And he is relieved and will give God the glory?

Lastly, the theme of this is thankgiving so an early Happy Thanksgiving to all the American’s for Nov 26th!

ADDITIONAL Psalm 30/Wizard of Oz tie in from http://www.drbilllong.com/LectionaryII/Ps30.html

II. What the Psalmist Learned (vv. 1-5)

One of my favorite scenes in the Wizard of Oz is when Dorothy is speaking to the Good Witch of the North and her traveling companions after having returned to the Emerald City with the Wicked Witch of the West’s broomstick. Oz pulled things from his bag of tricks to give to the Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man, but there was nothing in his bag for her. Instead, he decided to take her on a balloon ride, a trip back to Kansas, a trip which he calls “a hazardous and technically unexplainable journey into the outer stratosphere.” But Oz doesn’t know what he is doing, and the balloon flies off with Dorothy and Toto still in the Emerald City. The company is dejected. In the midst of their dejection, they notice the telltale bubble of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. She is there to help. Dorothy throws herself at Glinda, begging for information on how she can be sent home. Glinda responds that Dorothy already had the power to return home, but that she didn’t tell Dorothy about it earlier because Dorothy wouldn’t have believed her. In other words, there was some kind of experience of loss that Dorothy needed to experience in order really to appreciate and accept the advice of Glinda.

Glinda then said, “She had to learn it for herself.” The Tin Man then looks at her, “What have you learned, Dorothy?” Dorothy responds hestitantly at first, before gaining steam and confidence: “Well, I think that it, that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em. And that it’s that–if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire gain, I won’t look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with. Is that right?,” she asks. Glinda assures her that she is right.

This homey story from our collective literary and cinematic past illustrates the point–that one is ready to “state one’s learnings” after a series of challenging, frightening and exciting things has happened. The Psalmist feels the same way. In the first five verses he extols God for his being “healed” (v. 2), for being brought up from “Sheol” (v. 3) and for being restored to life from the Pit (v. 3). This deliverance leads him to make a pronouncement about God. God’s anger is only temporary, while God’s pleasure is for a lifetime (v. 5). The Hebrew text is then very vivid. In five short words (and one ancient version lops off one of the words), it says: “in the evening, there is tears; in the morning, joy.”

That is the lesson which is on his heart, and which is a great lesson for us today. We tend to want to read meaning into today, into our experience of this moment. The Psalmist encourages us to extend the scope of our time before interpreting the meaning of the things that have happened to us. Just as the four Hebrew words take us from weeping to joy, so it is sometimes a mere matter of moments until reversal comes in our life. But, as we will now see, that reversal can be either from satisfaction to distress or from distress to joy.

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~ by lilwendy on November 25, 2009.

4 Responses to “www.thisisalsoit.com – Psalm 30:4”

  1. you are so full of wisdom

  2. Perhaps there is another explanation. A resurrection in the literal sense? Has he been given a second chance at life with a goal of saving all of us from the despair and destruction our world is headed towards? Who else could motivate so many? The clues are there, almost everyone is missing them or attributing another meaning to them. Put the pieces together with an open mind, you may be amazed at the miracle you find!

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