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April 29

Psalm 30, 1-5

Something to read

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Here is one of the most beautiful songs of thankfulness in our Bibles. The writer has known, it seems, the deepest despair and fear. The Psalm speaks of going to the very place of death and of being amidst enemies.

Perhaps this has been for the writer an attack by others or sickness or injury that have been nearly fatal. There has been crying. But that has passed and now there is a dawn of joy.

Having wrestled with storms and chaos in Psalm 29 over the last couple of days, Psalm 30 brings us to a vista of hope and celebration. Here is the voice that comes out of suffering to greet redemption and a new beginning.

Our prayers, perhaps, become fervent when suffering comes close. Do we remember always to offer such passionate and committed prayers when suffering passes and the sun rises on a bright new world? Here is an invitation to give thanks for blessing. Here is life reoriented so that we can know our safety comes from God.

Something to do

Find a way this day to say a double "Thank you". Think of a way in which God's blessing has touched a sadness or pain in you, and give thanks. But also find a way today to demonstrate and say your thanks to another person for something they have done and for who they are. Be a bringer of joy.

Something to pray

In our darkness, dear God, we find light.
In our sadness, Giver of Life, we find joy.
In our restlessness, Friend and Companion, we find security.
In our anger, God of forgiveness, we find challenge.
In our fear, Comforter and Healer, we find peace.
Thank you.

Today's contributor is the Rev Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge.


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