Responsorial Psalm 30:I will praise you, Lord, for You have rescued me.
Here’s a 3-tiered set of notes to whet your Psalm-singin’ whistle and (hopefully) help you resonate more deeply with this ancient, sacred song:
- It’s estimated that David penned anywhere from 73-85 of the 150 Psalms. Psalm 30 is one of them.
- Verse 1 provides a bit of background info on the context in which David wrote this Psalm: A Song for the Dedication of the Temple.
- Needless to say, this was a very special occasion, a time when you’d expect a song of profound thanksgiving and praise, and David does not disappoint! Here’s a helpful “bird’s eye view” of Psalm 30:
an individual thanksgiving in four parts:
praise and thanks for deliverance and restoration (verses 2-4);
an invitation to others to join in (verses 5-6);
a flashback to the time before deliverance (verses 7-11);
a return to praise and thanks (verse 12).
Two sets of images recur: 1) going down, death, silence; 2) coming up, life, praising.
God has delivered the psalmist from one state to the other.
Now let’s take a look at how this Psalm points to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the true Son of David:
- Short ’n’ sweet – Psalm 30 was a song for the dedication of the Temple; Christ is the Temple (see John 2:19).
- The two recurring images of going down/death/silence & coming up/life/praising find their parallels in Christ’s going down into death/3 days of silence & His glorious rising up to life again.
- In the Psalm, David praises the LORD for His sovereign deliverance and restoration. Christ, the God-man, the ultimate Deliverer and Restorer, wields resurrection power and boldly says so in John 10:17-18:
“This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down,
and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”
- Psalm 30 looks back into the past and invites others to join in the praise of Jehovah in the present, but ultimately it’s a hopeful song that anticipates offering praise and thanksgiving in the future. And David is not just talking about next Sunday morning or an upcoming Thursday in November while you’re scarfing down some turkey – we’re talking forever here, folks!
- Every Christian should sing this Psalm in hopeful anticipation of someday joining David in the new heavens and new Earth, giving unending thanks and praise to our great Deliverer, Restorer, and Rescuer.
The New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) expounds upon this description and includes this interesting footnote: “a later adaptation of the Psalm to celebrate the purification of the Temple in 164 B.C. during the Maccabean Revolt.”