1 I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not
let my enemies gloat over me.
2 LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
3 You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me
from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy
5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”
7 LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand
firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
8 To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust
praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; 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 your praises and not be
silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
1. David praised God here for a physical healing (v 2). God also
hears the cries of the penitent for mercy, and makes it possible for
us to give God thanks forever (v12). It gives us great comfort to
know that God is one whose “anger lasts only a moment, but his
favor lasts a lifetime.” Therefore, while “weeping may remain for a
night,” we can be sure that “rejoicing comes in the morning.”(v5)
2. David expresses some of the ups and downs of his life. Consider
Reflect over the last six months to a year of your life and chart
write down a list of your ups and downs. Picture the Lord with you
through the ups and downs of your life. How does it help you to
know God is with you?
3. Give thanks to God for the ways he has been a help to you in the
hard places of your life.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.