T1  T  1. Thanksgiving promised.
     U  t  2-. David's cry to Yahaveh.
         u  -2,3. The relief obtained.
          v  4. Songs of praise.
           V  5. Joy succeeds weeping.
           V  6,7. Prosperity precedes trouble.
     U  t  8-10. David's cry to Yahaveh.
         u  11. The relief obtained.
          v  12-. Songs of praise.
    T  -12. Thanksgiving promised.

(A Psalm sung with words of the dedication of the house of David.)

(Used of most houses in Deut. 20:5. This house of David was not the temple. Cp 2 Sam. 7:1,2.)

Psalm 30)

1 I will extol You, O LORD; for You have lifted me up, (As out of a pit.)
And have not made my foes to rejoice over me.

2 O LORD my God,
I cried to You,

And You have healed me.

3 O LORD, You have brought up my soul from the grave:
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to a sepulcher.

4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you favored ones (lit. men endued with grace. The natural man cannot do this [1 Cor. 2:14]) of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

5 For a moment [is] His anger;
For a lifetime [is] His favor:
Weeping may lodge for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I said,
"I shall never be moved." (Cp. 62:6.)
7 LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain (i.e. Zion, which David had but recently taken [2 Sam. 5:7-10]) to stand strong:
You did hide Your face (probably refers to a sickness which followed), and I was troubled.

8 I cried to You, O LORD;
And to the LORD I made supplication.
9 What profit will there be in my soul, when I go down to destruction (or corruption)? (Cp. 16:10; 49:9. Jer. 2:4.)
Shall the dust praise You? shall it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me:
LORD, be You my helper.

11 You have turned (denoting the act. See "girded" below) for me my mourning into dancing:
You have torn off my sackcloth, and girded (denoting the fact) me with gladness;

12 To the end that my glory (put for "myself", referring either to the tongue [108:1], or powers of mind which give the praise) may sing praise to You, and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You for ever.

(To the chief Musician.)

(Though written for a special occasion, Ps. 30 was handed over to the chief Musician for public use, and in connection with any other dedication.)

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