It’s important to remember the Cross of our salvation, Christ Jesus, the Lord of Glory, by Whom all things were created and without Whom nothing was created, in Whom is life, and that life is the light of men, the light that shines in darkness. I paraphrased those great verses in John’s gospel, 1:3-5. And I think, without stretching the point too much, our PSALM 30, today refers to this great contrast, from death to life, from darkness to light, from the depths to the heights, a picture of Christ’s death and His resurrection. Let’s take a moment and look at David’s thoughts here in this rather difficult Scripture.
He begins by praising the Lord. “I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” Christ was crucified and was buried in a tomb, after his enemies had shouted, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself!” (Matthew 27:42)
And then David prophesies, in verse 3, “O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.” And in that beautiful verse 5, “His wrath lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” If we could only trust God in both His provision and His timing. How graciously He allows us to be frightened by the darkness, so that we can truly understand the glory of the Light. We read, just a few days ago, in Psalm 18:28, “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Or as in in Psalm 139:12, “Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Have you, friend, known darkness in recent weeks or months? Have you struggled with the fears that darkness brings, both outside and within? Have you felt you were going down into a pit, into the grave of your hopes, dreams, ambitions? As an old preacher put it, “It’s Friday, but thank God, Sunday’s coming!” That’s what resurrection is all about, the answer to every time of despair and fear, the glory of the Son-Rise in our hearts. Let us, with David in our Psalm 30, verse 11, say “You turned my wailing into dancing, you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” That’s the meaning of the empty tomb.
O we praise You, Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus, for this great fact which is more than history, it is Your story shared with us. We praise you that You live within our hearts, and long to shout it forever.