9/21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
PSALM 30 (NIV)
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.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
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.
When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
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.”
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.
I love verse 11 that says, “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothe me with joy.”
Put in simpler terms, God has turned our weeping into dancing and our sorrow into joy.
I have been a Christian most of my life and it never ceases to amaze me how good God is at turning bad things around and making them good.
Example 1: You lose your job but you end up with a better one.
Example 2: You go through a nasty breakup but you end up finding Mr. or Mrs. Right.
We see things like this happen all the time. People tend to blame God for the bad, though, without giving Him any credit for the good. God is actually so good at working things out for our good that we often forget to give him credit. He only gets blamed when things go wrong. When you read the Bible it says, “Jesus went about doing good and healing all.” Jesus says, “if you’ve seen me then you have seen the Father.’’ So, if Jesus was good, God is good. If Jesus healed the sick, God wants to heal.
God’s plans for your life are good. When bad things happen and it turns out good in the end, remember that God was in the good, not the bad.
Lord, thank you that your plans for my life are good. Thank you for turning bad situations for my good. Thank you for showing me who you are through your precious son Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.