Utter Dependence on God

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 30:1-12

David rejoices in answered prayer. “I called . . . you healed” (v. 2). God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says yes. Other times He says, “No, I have something better planned for you.” Luther said, “When God takes silver away from us, He always replaces it with gold.” So pray in faith, for God can do anything, but also pray in surrender, for He knows best.

David speaks of God’s anger and His favor (v. 5). Some people today speak only of God’s love, and it is true that God is love. Love lies at the center of God’s being. But we must be thoroughly biblical. We know of God’s love through the Bible. That same Bible speaks of the anger of God many times. He is very displeased by our sin. There are things God hates. The Psalmist here speaks of the anger of God, saying it does not remain, but His favor lasts and lasts. We who know the whole biblical story know why God’s wrath doesn’t continue. It is because Jesus paid the price of sin, enabling a holy God to forgive us sinners and yet remain holy. “Jesus paid it all.” But remember the next line of the hymn, “All to Him I owe.” We owe a debt of gratitude. Let us show our gratitude for so wonderful a salvation.

The Psalmist concludes, “My heart will sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever” (v. 12).

PRAYER

Father, we thank You. Give us the grace to show our thanks by being obedient to Your will. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.