Lifted Up ~ Psalm 30


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I will extol Thee, O LORD; for Thou hast lifted me up,
and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried unto Thee,
and Thou hast healed me.
O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave:
Thou hast kept me alive,
that I should not go down to the pit.
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His,
and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
LORD, by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong:
Thou didst hide Thy face, and I was troubled.
I cried to Thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?
Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me:
LORD, be Thou my helper.
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:
Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
To the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever.

Extol. That’s a word we don’t use every day. It means “to exalt; to lift up, to praise, to esteem; to raise in words or eulogy.” I like that. Read a bit differently, verse 1 says, “I will lift You up, O Lord, because You have lifted me up.” This reminds me of I John 4:19, “We love Him, because He first loved us.” I can only lift up the name of God figuratively, with my words; but He has lifted me up quite literally out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (Ps. 40:2). It is only by God’s amazing grace that I am alive today and able to give Him these words of praise.

O LORD my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me. 
O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: 
Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 

This was true of David, and it was also true of me. For years I suffered with manic-depression (Bipolar I), and during that time I attempted to take my life many times, most often with drug overdoses. But God never allowed me to succeed. He had a plan for my life, and He wasn’t going to let me—or anyone else—ruin it. When I had had enough of the extreme mood swings, paranoia, despair, and deep emotional pain, I cried out to the Lord, and He healed me. The healing took some time, as well as the intervention of others, but I give God all the glory. As promised, I have told my story, and you may read Part 1 here and Part 2 here, if you like.

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Photo taken in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, 2014.

2 thoughts on “Lifted Up ~ Psalm 30

  1. Great post! You know I’m a pushover for new words or explanations. It is almost impossible not to extol with praises those who we love and mean so much to us. Thank you so much for sharing with us! We are so happy that you are here with us despite your opposite intentions in the past. God had a plan for you and it looks like you have found it!!!!

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