Day 30: The Summer of His Face Shining Upon Us- Psalm 30

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HEALING IS YOURS TODAY

Key Verse: “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

Key Theme: David celebrating answered prayer for healing.

Key Descriptives of God: Healer; He Who turns Mourning into Dancing.

Today, on the 30th day of our 67-day journey we want to connect to the HEALING that comes from His face shining upon us. Appropriately enough that is David’s theme of Psalm 30 and is summed up in verse 2. “O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.” For those of you who have been crying out for healing be in expectation today for a miracle from God. Pay attention to your level of pain and discomfort as you begin to read this post and how you feel once we are done. He has assured me that healing from His shining face will be released today.

BARGAINING FOR HEALING

As opposed to many Psalms where David starts under it all in verse 1, the Psalmist begins exalting the Lord for having lifted him up and rescued him from some significant sickness. Whatever it was, it was enough to be scary for him where he wondered whether he would even stay alive. Throughout this chapter, he retells of his ordeal and of his processing. The last line of the first verse, “And have not let my foes rejoice over me”, goes into what is always significant for David. Sometimes he identifies the “foes” and they are human, and some times the “foes” are the demonic, but he often “bargains” with God for intervention over that matter. Heal me, for if no other reason, to keep the enemy from rejoicing at my downfall.

WHO WILL PRAISE YOU?

In verse 9, “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? (an expression for “dying”) Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?” In David’s bargaining with the Lord, he is giving Him a second consideration. #1, Heal me so Satan can’t gloat. #2, Heal me so you can receive awesome praise. David had to know that extravagant praise, such as was his custom to bring to God, was uncommon. He wanted God to be motivated by that factor as He processed whether He let David die or not. As badly as David loved His Presence, he consistently wanted to experience it “in the land of the living.” I think he innately knew that there is no worship of God in heaven that can compare with worship on earth. As shocking as that sounds, even the most skilled, elaborate and passionate worship in heaven registers differently to the heart of the Father. There, all can see and experience Him face to face and in His full glory. All questions of what was God doing and why is God delaying have been answered. Praise and worship of Him can’t be helped in that atmosphere. It is so obvious there—  that He is Good, and Kind, and Glorious, and Majestic, and Wonderful, and Loving, and Beautiful. Here we sing from a war zone. Here all those descriptions of Him are constantly assailed and easily doubted. The worship of God that comes from earth is always going to have more potential than that which comes from heaven. When one here can be fighting sickness, inwardly grieving a loss of a relative, tormented by a child who has gone astray, facing demonic injustice in government— and STILL says from the heart YOU ARE GOOD! Now that’s rare worship and it outdoes what 10,000 angels around the throneroom can do. So David says, Father, you want to lose that? I’m sure it would be a pretty good bargaining chip. David’s present praise of God can never equal what it was while he was writing the Psalms. Praise under duress has a different fragrance. That fragrance is only available on earth. It is why “He inhabits the praises of His people”.

HIS ANGER IS BUT FOR A MOMENT?

Our key verse is verse 5. “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” The message here is wonderful even just as it is. “Anger for a MOMENT” versus “Favor for LIFE” is a wonderful proposition. If we apply it towards how He disciplines us particularly so. You know, we do something obviously wrong, He corrects us sternly— but then it is over. We are back under His favor. However, I struggled with it here because David is speaking about healing throughout the chapter. It did not seem like acceptable theology for him to consider sickness “His anger” as if THE HEALER can also be THE SICKENER. To the degree that was David’s perception, to that degree he was in error. God may “allow” sickness, but He does not cause sickness. I put “allow” in quotation marks because by creating a world of freewill creatures He “allows” just about everything. But I looked up the Hebrew word for “anger” and it is a little word APH. That word’s FIRST meanings are listed as “nostril, nose, face”. In Genesis 2:7 when it says “God breathed into man’s NOSTRILS” it is that very word APH. I think a better translation might be “For His nose or face may seem turned for a moment…”. Which of course is why we exult when “His face shines upon us”. He does allow “weeping for a night” (often many nights:)) but He loves coming in like The Dawn. His heart for us is that even when we have “moments” of contradiction that we live out of a “Favor for Life” identity.

YOU HID YOUR FACE, I WAS TROUBLED

That is a line in verse 7. So often in scripture, things going well or not going well are explained from this perspective. “His Face shining upon us” means experiencing FAVOR. Him “hiding His face” equals TROUBLE. There is very little attention to “warfare”. What the devil is doing is irrelevant as compared to this overriding dynamic. It is like rebuking the night. What we want is The Dawn. When the sun rises darkness gets ignored. Yes, I do understand the New Testament command that we “Resist the devil” but the words that precede it are “Submit to God.” Those who make that a continual habit usually have a hard time even finding the devil. David warns in verses 6 and 7, of living in overconfidence, which is essentially where we expect His face to stay shining on us without “submitting to God”. It is often an oversight that leads to the enemy coming in with sickness, but it is not punishment from God, but just a reality. LIKE a roaring lion the enemy is always seeking whom he may devour. Sickness is always from the devil, but ALL of us tend to give him access points. Fortunately, our God is Healer and when He is looked at as such His face of healing can shine on us.

YOU HAVE TURNED MY MOURNING INTO DANCING

As we close, make sure to read the last 2 verses. This is what He makes available even today. He wants to remove your “sackcloth” and clothe you with “gladness”. This scripture applies to other matters as well but in the context of this Psalm, I believe he is speaking of the “sackcloth” of the sickness and of the accompanying lies to the sickness. How long? Why? Am I going to die? What if? These are all part of the “sackcloth” He is removing today. Mourning into dancing. He is here to clothe you with the “gladness” of answered prayer. Today, I speak over you divine healing. May your body experience a dawning today from its’ night season. May heat be felt in your body right now as the Sun/Son of righteousness arises with healing in His wings. Be healed in Jesus’ name! Raise your hands and receive it. He is moving among us. 

 

 

Written by: Johnny Enlow

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