"Raised Up and Restored" - Friday, August 26th

"Raised Up and Restored" - Friday, August 26th

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. Psalm 30:1-4

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

“Thou shall not murder” is one of the ten commandments given by Moses to Israel in the Old Testament. In the New Testament Jesus expands the prohibition of the act of murder to include even the murderous feelings people have toward others. Jesus says this: “whoever says to his brother, ‘you good for nothing’” or “’you fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” These English expressions are a bit milder than what the corresponding Greek words convey. In essence Jesus is giving a warning against harboring such a hatred toward another person that you wish they no longer existed in this life.

In today’s Psalm, David, the Psalmist speaks of his enemies rejoicing over him. He is saying that there were people around him who would have rejoiced if he died and was no longer in the world of the living. Evidently, David had been ill to the point of death and it revealed the depth of hatred his enemies had for him. This is the level of hatred Jesus talked about. Who wouldn’t be terribly affected from living in an environment that included such toxic treatment. David says, “I cried to You for help, and You healed me.” It is David’s healing from his illness that keeps his enemies from being able to rejoice over his demise. The healing and restoration of his physical life brings an inner healing and restoration to David as well.

The Psalm begins with David praising God for his healing with these words: “I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.” What a great way for David to convey what God did for him: “You have lifted me up.” David had been pulled down by the prospect of his death and by the desire of his enemies for it to happen. He was very low and totally immersed in his misery, but God lifted him up above it all. David goes on to say, “O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.” Sheol and pit are general terms for “afterlife,” which David uses to convey the prospect of his no longer being in this world. This prospect for himself and his enemies desire for it are behind him now.

David is filled with praise and thankfulness to God and he invites those who valued his life to join him in this. David says, “Sing praises to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name." Some final thoughts: we need God to touch our lives and heal the wounds we experience from tough people. Do you have people in your life that pull you down with a hateful attitude that conveys they wished you didn’t even exist? Cry out to God for help and healing. Ask God to bring people into your life who value you and will praise and thank God for you. May you be “raised up and restored” by the loving and mighty hand of God

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I do cry out to you for your help and healing. Lift me up above those who think ill of me. Restore me to a life of being “up.” Deliver me from those who pull me down and surround me with people who value me. Use them to help lift me up. I need you. I seek you. I love you. Amen!

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