Our scripture this morning is Psalms 30:1-5.

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

The psalmist (David perhaps) shares his personal experience of knowing God’s grace and mercy as an example for all. He reminds us that only the Lord can rescue us. Our strength is not equal to the evil we face. Only with His help can we be saved.

This passage encourages us to offer personal and community thanks to God for His love. We read “I cried to You for help and You restored my health”. He may be upset with us because of our selfish behavior but His love is eternal. When we come in repentance for our mistakes, He keeps us from “falling into the pit of death”.

If we rely on God more and on ourselves less, our lives would be in line with His plan for us. God wants us to live in His love and work within the body of Christ for the good of all His children. Then “weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning”.

Gracious God, we know that without You we can do nothing. Energize us to use our gifts wisely. Bless us and send us in Your name to make disciples of all the world. Amen.

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