Place the grief over the loss of the Temple in the Book of Lamentations against this song attributed to David at the dedication of the Temple. Sadness and joy are set against each other in this psalm, with its message of ultimate joy for those who trust in the Lord. Surely, this prayer comes from David’s recollection of the triumph over Goliath, and the sadness of Saul’s destructive jealousy.
Whatever emotions you are experiencing as you come to this psalm, they are all present as a collage of verses. Link up with the ones that are taking place as you begin to read, allowing the Spirit to transform all your feelings into an immense joy in God’s presence.
The Hebrew word for “joy”in verse 11 is rinnah, meaning a joy that is so strong that it sends the person into a whirling dance. The Lord wants to give you joy—intense, explosive, dance-like, and expanding. Get ready: this kind of joy can come for you, even when you get up in the morning!
What are these?
I cried to You; You healed me. v. 2
Your favor for a lifetime v. 5
Weep at night; joy in morning v. 5
My mourning turned to dancing v. 11
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.
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