The LORD allowed David to experience the Dark Night of the Soul, at least for a short time. But then the joy of the LORD was restored to David.
A Psalm. A Song for the Dedication of the Temple. By David.
VERSE 1. I will extol you, LORD, for you have raised me up, and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.
NLT translation. I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
my foes. Probably those who said David’s illness was a punishment from God.
have not made my foes to rejoice over me. We are not required to be a doormat for our foes to triumph over. Rather, with God, all things are possible.
VERSE 2. LORD my God, I cried to you, and you have healed me.
VERSE 3. LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Sheol. That is, the place of the dead.
VERSE 4. Sing praise to the LORD, you holy ones of his. Give thanks to his holy name.
VERSE 5. For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
anger is but for a moment. The LORD is more prone to favor than anger.
Weeping may stay for the night. We do have times of weeping.
joy comes in the morning. Th times of weeping will end. Then joy will return. The singer Carmen put it this way: “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a coming!”
VERSE 6. As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
VERSE 7. You, LORD, when you favored me, made my mountain stand strong; but when you hid your face, I was troubled.
hid your face. David experienced the Dark Night of the Soul.
VERSE 8. I cried to you, LORD. I made supplication to the Lord:
VERSE 9. “What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? Shall it declare your truth?
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VERSE 10. Hear, LORD, and have mercy on me. LORD, be my helper.”
VERSE 11. You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness,
VERSE 12. to the end that my heart may sing praise to you, and not be silent. LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
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