A Psalm in Dedication for the House of David
David may have written this psalm when he dedicated Ornan’s threshing floor (which became the site for the future temple) after God stopped the plague He had used to discipline David (1 Chronicles 21:1-22:6).
Here’s a little summary of what had taken place. Satan came against Israel in the first verse in 1 Chronicles chapter 21:1. Satan convinced David to number (take a census) of Israel. God was displeased, so He sent Gad, David’s seer, to him, and gave David a choice of 3 punishments; three years of famine, three months to be defeated in battle, or 3 days of plague. David chose the 3 days of plague. Then David was instructed to go to the threshing floor of Ornan’s and build an altar. This is perhaps where this psalm was written.
Verse 1 – I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
Verse 2 – O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You have healed me.
I don’t think David escaped the plague.
Verse 3 – O Lord, You have brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Verse 4 – Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Verse 5 – For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Keep in mind, our suffering or pain is not God’s punishment to the believer. David was under the Law, we are not. The suffering we might experience is pale in comparison to God’s favor, which lasts a life time.
Verse 6 – Now in my prosperity said, “I shall not be moved.”
Verse 7 – Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
Prosperity had made David feel secure. Although David knew that his riches and power had come from God, they had gone to his head and he admits it here. Sometimes, wealth and power will make a person feel self-reliant, self-secure, and independent of God. I find these are the hardest people to reach with the Gospel because they can’t think of anything that they need God for. They forget that God owns it all.
Verse 8 – I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord I made supplication:
Verse 9 – “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?
Verse 10 – Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord be my helper!”
Verse 9, demonstrates a key element in Israel’s purpose – to be a testimony for Yahweh to the nations by proclaiming His truth.
Verse 11 – You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
Verse 12 – To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
David went from sackcloth (mourning) to dancing. The purpose of deliverance is praise and testimony. When God gives us a new perspective on our situation, we can’t help but see deliverance. That’s where David was at the end of 3 days of plague. Why not speak what God speaks before you see the end result–by faith! We are victorious in all things through Christ!