Psalm 30 – “Thanks for Salvation”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist is thankful for being saved from dire straits.

II. Photo
The psalmist is optimistic: “One may lie down weeping at nightfall, but at dawn there are shouts of joy!” (v. 6b)

III. Select Verses
3-4: O LORD, my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me. O LORD, You brought me up from Sheol, preserved me from going down into the Pit.
5-6:  O you faithful of the LORD, sing to Him, and praise His holy name. For He is angry but a moment, and when He is pleased there is life. One may lie down weeping at nightfall; but at dawn there are shouts of joy.
10-11: “What is to be gained from my death, from my descent into the Pit? Can dust praise You? Can it declare Your faithfulness? Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; O LORD, be my help!”
12-13: You turned my lament into dancing, you undid my sackcloth and girded me with joy,  that my whole being might sing hymns to You endlessly; O LORD my God, I will praise You forever.

IV. Outline

1. Superscription
2-4. Account of trouble and salvation
    2. Enemies
    3-4. Sickness
5-6. Call to worship and rationale
7-13a. Account of trouble, prayer, trust, and salvation
13b. Vow to give thanks

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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