Lifted out of the grave (Psalm 30; Jeremiah 51)

“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.”  Psalm 30:1

Last week the acting world lost one of it’s favorite comedians, Robin Williams.  This 63 year-old actor committed suicide to the shock of many people.  His wife revealed last Friday that he had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson disease.  Many have debated that because of his constant battle with depression and the added weight of this disease, he felt the best thing was the grave.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, “This is a somber reminder of how bleak life really is without Christ.”  Here in Psalm 30 our writer lifts up the name of the God who had lifted him up out of the grave.  I truly add my praise in knowing that Christ has redeemed me from the grave (Ephesians 2:1-3).

Think it through:

I.  God has extended favor to His people, Vs:5

This favor is not conditional (It is for life).  This favor is not without trial (Weeping may endure for the night).  This favor is certain (joy comes in the morning).

II. God has extended freedom to His people, Vs: 11-12

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”  

Followers of Christ have a certain expectation of things to come, II Corinthians 4:17-18.  Ours can be a life that never is rocked by the news of tough times ahead.  We have a future that is certain!!!  Oh how I wish that Robin Williams could have grasped this truth.

Our response:

Let us be a people who always keep God’s Word in front of us so that we are not rocked by bad news.

Let us be a people who are always sharing God’s Word with those who are being rocked by bad news.

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