Ps 30:1-12. Literally, "A Psalm-Song"—a
composition to be sung with musical instruments, or without
them—or, "Song of the dedication," &c. specifying the
particular character of the Psalm. Some suppose that of David
should be connected with the name of the composition, and not with
"house"; and refer for the occasion to the selection of a site for the
temple (1Ch 21:26-30; 22:1). But "house" is never used absolutely
for the temple, and "dedication" does not well apply to such an
occasion. Though the phrase in the Hebrew, "dedication of the
house of David," is an unusual form, yet it is equally unusual to
disconnect the name of the author and the composition. As a "dedication
of David's house" (as provided, De 20:5), the scope of the Psalm well
corresponds with the state of repose and meditation on his past trials
suited to such an occasion (2Sa 5:11; 7:2). For beginning with a celebration of
God's delivering favor, in which he invites others to join, he relates
his prayer in distress, and God's gracious and prompt answer.
1. lifted me up—as one is drawn from a
2. healed me—Affliction is often
described as disease (Ps 6:2; 41:4; 107:20), and so relief by healing.
3. The terms describe extreme danger.
grave—literally, "hell," as in Ps 16:10.
hast kept me … pit—quickened or
revived me from the state of dying (compare Ps 28:1).
4. remembrance—the thing remembered or
holiness—as the sum of God's
perfections (compare Ps 22:3),
used as name (Ex 3:15; Ps 135:13).
5. Relatively, the longest experience of
divine anger by the pious is momentary. These precious words have
6, 7. What particular prosperity is meant we
do not know; perhaps his accession to the throne. In his
self-complacent elation he was checked by God's hiding His face
(compare Ps 22:24; 27:9).
7. troubled—confounded with fear (Ps 2:5).
8-11. As in Ps 6:5; 88:10; Isa
38:18, the appeal for mercy
is based on the destruction of his agency in praising God here, which
death would produce. The terms expressing relief are poetical, and not
to be pressed, though "dancing" is the translation of a word which
means a lute, whose cheerful notes are contrasted with mourning,
11. sackcloth—was used, even by kings,
in distress (1Ch 21:16; Isa 37:1) but "gladness," used for a garment,
shows the language to be figurative.
12. Though "my" is supplied before "glory" it
is better as in Ps 16:9, to
receive it as used for tongue, the organ of praise. The ultimate
end of God's mercies to us is our praise to Him.