My Heart Sings

By Tanja

“You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” Psalms 30:11-12

Psalms 30 is a ‘thanksgiving song’ Psalm, as the Psalm says that one has been in trouble and now is finding hope.[1]This Psalm was used when the temple was dedicated. However, the backdrop is very personal to David. David had people in his life that considered David a threat and were envious of David, and so David was continuously on the run.[2]

In Psalms 30, we see that God was merciful to David even though David had fallen away from God’s standards. David relied on the mercy of God, and He cried out for God to be merciful to him.

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In our sad moments- could we know that it won’t last? It will pass away. Could we know that there might be tears to cry today, but there is the promise of joy? The sun will rise tomorrow, and hope is waiting to meet us. God can pick us up and gives us the most excellent embrace. If you feel you’ve lost something you treasure, it’s okay to feel the grief. 

Sometimes, it’s time for the silence to stop and the music to begin. Psalms 30 indicates that God has given new life, and for this reason, the person giving the praise has no reason to be silent anymore.[3] When God brings the new, it’s like our daily bread given afresh. We can say, “thank you, Jesus! I give you praise forever.”


Dear Jesus,

I exalt You. With a thankful heart, I praise You. Thank You for the healing and the life You give. May You be near, and may You comfort in difficult times. Yes, Lord, you turn sorrow into dancing. You bring joy, so I will sing a new song; I cannot be silent.  Praise God.


[1] Walter Brueggemann, The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary, Augsburg Old Testament studies (Minneapolis: Augsburg Pub. House, 1984), 126.

[2] Robert L. Alden, Psalms, Everyday Bible commentary (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2019), 76.

[3] Brueggemann, The Message of the Psalms, 127.

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