6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 …but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, LORD, I called;
to the LORD I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?…
10 Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me;
LORD, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
The life of a believer is lived between poles of experience: Put down – brought up; going down to the Pit – restored to life; anger – delight; evening – morning; delight – hiding of the face; strength – terror; mourning – dancing; sackcloth – joy. Sometimes we are on the way from joy to sackcloth, and we lament. Sometimes we are on the way from sackcloth to joy, and we give thanks and testify. For that experience this textbook example suggests that thanksgiving or testimony:
* Is personal,
* Tells a story,
* Addresses God in joy,
* Addresses other people in wonder,
* Links the story with issues of life and death,
* Tells the story again when once doesn’t seem enough,
* Invites the rest of the community to join in.
(Goldingay, John. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms Volume 1. P. 433)
Prayer: Lord, fill us, your people, today, with a testimony of your salvation that speaks to one another and to our world. May we tell the story again and again to our spiritual/biological children, and may they know a lifetime of favor in your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.