Read Psalm 30:1-12
David’s prayer illustrates for us the importance of prayer on both sides of difficult situations. Whether we find ourselves in desperation or, if we have been delivered, both provide us with reason to engage God. I will be candid enough to admit, though, that my prayers of praise and thankfulness in the face of His deliverance at times pale in comparison to my supplication in the midst of my desperation. I am not proud of that, but it is often true…and I want to see that change.
David described the desperate nature of his past situation with terms like these:
- He was in the depths (v. 1)
- He was in need of healing (v. 2)
- He was in the “realm of the dead” (3a)
- He was on the verge of “going down to the pit” (3b)
- He was weeping (v. 5)
- He felt as if God had “hidden His face” (v. 7)
- He was dismayed (v. 7)
But David prayed to God in the midst of his desperation. He called for help and cried for mercy (vv. 2, 8). And God answered, sparing him from his situation and from the boasts of others. As a result, David committed the words of Psalm 30 to praising God…forever (v. 12). After all, it was God who turned David’s wailing to dancing. He was the one who removed David’s sackcloth of mourning and clothed him, instead, with joy (v. 11).
Can you be guaranteed of receiving all that you ask for in the midst of your desperation? The answer, of course, is no. Still, you can experience joy in adversity. Paul’s prison experiences are evidence of that. You can be renewed day by day as you remember that your troubles are momentary and light. Meanwhile, your future glory is eternal and far outweighs it (2 Cor. 4:16-18). David writes an Old Testament version of those ideas in verse 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.
On which side of the situation do you currently find yourself? Are you on the desperation side? Cry out to Him for help (vv. 2, 8), refuse to be shaken (v. 6), and remind yourself that this is only temporary. Are you on the deliverance side? Begin or continue to praise the same God who delivered you! He is deserving of your praise.
7 Day Family Prayer Challenge
DAY 2: PRAY FOR STUDENTS
Read 1 Timothy 1:5. 7th through 12th grades are some very challenging years. It is a daily battle for students to choose their faith over the acceptance and approval of their friends at school. Pray for the students in your life and ask God to lead and teach them how to have a strong and authentic faith in Christ!