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Light + Life Devotion for July 29

Posted by John Goodale on

Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

John Goodale, Pastor of Caring Ministries

Today's Passage

Psalm 30

1 I will exalt you, Lord,
   for you lifted me out of the depths
   and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
   and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
   you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
   praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
   but his favor lasts a lifetime;
   weeping may stay for the night,
   but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said,
   “I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
   you made my royal mountain stand firm;
   but when you hid your face,
   I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;
   to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
   if I go down to the pit?
   Will the dust praise you?
   Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
   Lord, be my help.”

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

Questions for Reflection

1.  What stands out to you in today’s passage?

2.  Why does that particular word, phrase or image seem significant to you?

3.  What do you sense God is saying to you through His word today?

Write your response questions in your journal, on a piece of paper, or on a note in your phone. Spend some time praying to the Lord about what He has shared with you.

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