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God’s Loving Discipline

"I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.  Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit."   Psalm 30

I love reading the Psalms of David.  David was "a man after God's own heart."  Does that mean that David was perfect?  No.  Does that mean that David always chose what pleased God?  No.  David was not perfect.  David did not always choose what pleased God.  However, David was a man who trusted God.  David was a man who repented of his sins.  David was a man who turned to God time and time again when he needed help.  In Psalm 30, David was coming out of a severe sickness that almost killed him.  He was coming out of a sin-filled episode in his life, the sin of self-sufficiency.  David was king.  David had so many material possessions.  In Psalm 30:6, David says, "When I felt secure, I said, 'I will never be shaken.'"  David was tempted to believe that he was secure because of the material possession he owned and because of the status and position he had attained.  He took his eyes off the Lord and placed them on himself.  But David cries out in Psalm 30:7, "Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed."  David understood that nothing he owned and nothing he attained on his own gave him security; he understood in this moment that only the Lord gave him security.  David repented of his sin, and repentance made a difference in his life.

In his repentance, David found joyful restoration with God!  In Psalm 30:8-10, listen to his prayer of repentance: "To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: 'What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit?  Will the dust praise you?  Will it proclaim your faithfulness?  Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help."  David turned from his sin and turned to God.  David cried out for God's mercy and help.  And God answered him.  In Psalm 30:11-12, David triumphantly says, "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."  David experienced joyful restoration with God through repentance.  David experienced God's loving discipline, and it made the difference in his life forever!  I don't know where you are in your walk with God.  I do know that you are not perfect; none of us are.  I do know that you don't always choose to please God; none of us do.  I know that struggle with sin just like we all do.  As God's child, know that He loves you.  Know that He will discipline those He loves.  Know that repentance is the key to joyful restoration.  And know that when you come out of God's loving discipline through repentance that you will be given the opportunity to sing God's praises!  Make the most of these opportunities.  A dying and lost world needs to see the light of Jesus in you and in me!  A dying and lost world needs to see that God's loving discipline leads to joyful restoration!  Believe it!  Claim it!  Live it out loud!  Sing it out loud!

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