November 22, 2020
From Silence to Gladness
Psalm 30:11-12 (KJV) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
This Psalm, like many others, is commonly attributed to King David. In it, he goes from mourning to joy. Yes, David goes from utter silence to shouts of joy. I am confident we can agree that his change in demeanor and action is on account of an essential change in his life.
Maybe the burning question each of us should ask ourselves, then, is perhaps how and why such changes took place in the life of David at this juncture in his life? Though we cannot know for sure, we can surmise that maybe David went from silence to joy over relief from the presence of his sin. It is no secret, David did commit grievous and glaring sin against God, which in turn most definitely carried a significant burden on his heart, ultimately weighing him down to his knees.
I am sure you can look back to a time or two in your life when the weight and utter burden of horrendous sin was removed by God and cleansed from your frame, like a relief valve on a pipe (1st John 1:9). I bet you can easily recall that very moment when you allowed God to lift the enormous load you carried alone in grief for some time.
Indeed, the very moment the guilt left your frame and freedom in Christ flowed, filled your heart; you leaped for joy!
Secondly, according to the truth of God, we can concur that any such spiritual change also brings a new lens on life. Instead of sad thoughts and a downturned mood, you and I, like David before us, were immediately free to serve and savor God without the guilt of sin hanging over your head. This ancient biblical account is about real freedom, indeed!
I hope this short devotion brought to your attention the immense relief it is to a soul confess pent up sin to God and how wonderful the eternal relief each of us can receive the very moment we return to right standing with God. Yes, each of us can leap for joy like did David in this Psalm the moment we confess our sins to God.
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