The poetic writings of the great King of Israel, David, are overflowing with emotions. His expressions of thanks to God for helping him are the most encouraging to us. Psalm 30 describes his thankfulness to God along with David extolling the Lord for His help.
The word extol describes the action of praising enthusiastically; to praise lavishly; to be filled with energetic joy in pointing out the characteristics of another person. We might say we “flooded them with praises.”
Some of the things for which David extolled the Lord are: “not letting [his] enemies rejoice over” him; God helping him when he was sick; and during battles the Lord keeping him alive. David is very excited the anger of the Lord is “short lived” and the favor of the Lord is “for a lifetime.” He is thankful God has protected his city which is on top of a mountain.
David recognized that his praise for the Lord must be while he was alive because the “dust” cannot praise the Lord nor “declare the faithfulness” of the Lord (v. 9). He realized that when the human body is in the grave, in the pit, it can no longer extol the Lord.
David is also very excited because the Lord has helped him turn unpleasant events into things which turned out for the good. God has turned David’s “mourning into dancing.” He “loosed [his] sackcloth and girded [him] with gladness” (v. 11). Because of all this help from the Lord, David could not help but “sing [praises] to the [Lord]” forever (v. 12).
This great servant of God can teach us an unlimited amounts about how to extol the Lord for his help. David was pursued by King Saul because of the jealousy of Saul. David’s own sons tried to take his throne away from him because they had no respect for their father. Because of David’s own wicked behavior, he suffered the pain of seeing his own children die, especially his infant son.
Yet in all of these troubled times, David was still willing and did extol the Lord for His help. David was able to see the positive things in life even though things looked very negative. He was able to see the rainbow in the stormy clouds. He knew how to make “lemonade out of lemons.”
What a great example for us! In the next few days, weeks and months may we put on our busy calendars an appointment so we can think about all the things God has done for us and then extol Him for them. Our most enthusiastic praise must be for the tremendous opportunity to be living God’s way!
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.