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Mourning Into Dancing

Weekly Devotionals

Mourning Into Dancing

Psalm 30
I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2  O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
3  You brought me up from the grave, [a]  O LORD.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
4  Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
5  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.
6  When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
7  Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
8  I cried out to you, O LORD.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9  “What will you gain if I die,
if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10  Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O LORD.”
11  You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12  that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Back in 1995, June 29, one of the most prestigious department stores in Kangnam area was collapsed. This tragic disaster killed 502 people and injured 937 people. The whole nation was in despair and outraged so enormous public went out to demonstrate on the street. In the midst of hopeless situation, 17 days after the collapse, 19-year- old Seunghyun Park was pulled from the
wreckage with a few scratches. His miraculous survival story had inspired a lot of people about hope in despair situation. The theme of Psalm 30 is for David to give thanks to God who cared and delivered him even when he was in darkness and despair. V. 5 David declares “weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning” Though we may mourn because of our suffering, we will not be left in despair because we have Jesus in us. Jesus gives us the victory to overcome the hardship we may face. The world can not give us true peace and security but we can seek security from God. As the verse 8 says “I cried out to
you, O LORD. I begged the Lord for mercy” when we seek safety, we should cry out to God for his mercy. David was not a perfect figure but rather just like all of us he was a sinner that sinned against God and received his punishment.

However, he experienced God’s amazing grace so that is why he was able to turn to God whenever he was in difficult situation. We experience the brokenness, pain of sin but as we turn to God and seek his mercy then the hardship we may face will end. He will turn our mourning into dancing.