March 14 – Mourning Into Dancing

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. ” – Psalm 30:11-12 (NASB)

If trust God for his care during times of great sadness we must believe that He is able and it is His will to give us that help. This Psalm is by David but when it was written is not clear. It is a thanksgiving prayer of praise. Two days ago we took up the first verse and today we consider these last verses. David remembered pleading for help from God, and received relief from his sadness and mourning. His result is to breakout in dancing, singing praises. Notice how he says, “sing praise to You and not be silent.” True praise is expressed. And again “give thanks to You forever.” We learn our response should be like this when God answers our calls for relief from a heavy or contrite heart? When relief from God comes, we too will have this kind of response. Sorrow and grief will fade as we Keep doing so and eventually we will live with it only as a memory.  That is what David is doing here, remembering his time of need and God’s supply of grace. He needed no longer to be mourning but now he will rejoice in gladness instead.