Daily Devotional: Psalms 30:1-12
1 I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. 3 O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. 4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning. 6 When I felt secure, I said, "I will never be shaken." 7 O LORD, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. 8 To you, O LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: 9 "What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 10 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help." 11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
We all pray to God and thank him for the good things he has done for us. Usually it is in some very general way that we acknowledge his goodness in our lives. We thank him for our homes, for the food we eat and for our health. We know he gives us air to breathe and he provides the beauty of the earth. We may give thanks for the rain or the sunshine or the changing seasons. All of this is good.
Have we asked God to give us wisdom to help us to make a decision? Have we asked his blessing on someone because of problems in their life or to heal them of their sickness? Do we pray for God to help guide the medical people when doing surgery or giving treatments? Probably all of us have done these and more.
When we get past the crisis or need for which we pray, do we take time to thank him specifically for his care and his answer to our prayers? When was the last time we listed the good things he has done for us (or is doing now)? Do we look for the answer to our prayers and then acknowledge that God has been faithful in his promises? As we look back in our lives, it may be the worst time or greatest tragedy that brought us the greatest blessings or guided us to do his will.
Heavenly Father I know that in the loss of my earthly father I learned to trust you in a way I did not know before. When I faced the real possibility that my wife would not live through the night, I turned to you and you gave me peace and gave her healing. When my baby did not live, I cried until I had no more tears but you gave me comfort and healing for my broken heart. You have altered my life and have given me opportunities to serve you in ways I never imagined. I thank you for answering my prayers and your constant care. I pray in Jesus name.