1 I will exalt you, LORD,
for you lifted me out of the depths…
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 name.
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.
The first section of this psalm is the summary praise for deliverance from dying. The word “heal” more than likely includes the idea of forgiveness. The rest of the psalm will confirm this idea here because the psalmist will acknowledge that his presumptuous attitude was met with God’s anger. The deliverance is explained more clearly in verse 3: God prevented him from dying.
The psalmist turns to exhort the congregation to join him in praising the LORD. The people are addressed as God’s “beloved,” a word related to “loyal love.” The substance of their praise is the lesson of verse 5. The English translations usually read smoothly, but the Hebrew is… as if the ideas were being proclaimed ecstatically: “For a moment his anger, a lifetime in his favor; in the evening weeping may lodge, but in the morning a ringing cry.” (Ross, Allen P. Kregel Exegetical Library. A Commentary on the Psalms. P. 668)
Prayer: I will exalt you, Lord, for I called to you, and you forgave me. Thank you for your favor that lasts for a lifetime and into eternity! Fill me and your beloved church to worship you today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Let’s worship the Lord in song with “Living Hope” by Phil Wickham (click here).