PSALMS - Week 3 (Psalm 30)
Topic: Thanksgiving Verse: Psalm 30
Psalms: Week 3
Facing the Reality
Responding by Asking
Responding by Thanksgiving
5When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, 6“Lord, my child lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”
7Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
8But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 9I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
10When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 11And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the child was healed that same hour. —Matthew 8:5-13
1I will exalt you, lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2O lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
3You brought me up from the grave, O lord.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
4Sing to the lord, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
5For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning. —Psalm 30:1-5
6When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
7Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered. —Psalm 30:6-7
16Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” —Luke 12:16-21
Respond by Asking
8I cried out to you, O Lord.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9“What will you gain if I die,
if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O Lord.” —Psalm 30:8-10
We believe in a God who RESCUES.
11You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! —Psalm 30:11-12
Respond with Thanksgiving
We will face the Realities of this World, We will Respond by Asking for Help, and then we will Expect a Rescue and Respond with Thanksgiving.
21Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. —Ephesians 4:22-24