Picture the entire nation of Israel gathered around the Temple of the Lord. As the choirmaster leads them in praise, it is this psalm that is on their lips! As we continue to study it, let us do so in worship of our Lord!
Please read Psalm 30:6-7.
The initial statement of David is a bold one: “I shall never be moved.” Who is man to make such a claim? We cannot control the growth of the hairs on our head! Much less can we control the changing seasons, the shifting sands of time, the earth, which quakes underneath of our feet, or an abundance of other factors that may cause us to move. I cannot say with any positivity where I will be living a year from now. Surely, none of us could have predicted a year ago exactly where we would be today!
Yet David is confident: “I shall never be moved!” How can he have such confidence? Because his confidence is not in himself, but in his Lord. He continues to say, “I shall never be moved. By your favor, O Lord.” It is the Lord’s favor that gives David confidence. If the Lord is on his side, then nothing can stand against him. Because God is with Him, David knows that he will prosper.
You can imagine the king looking around at all of his prosperity and thinking to himself, “this is all of God. I would have nothing if God had not blessed me with all of this.” The little shepherd boy lived in the fields with his sheep before God anointed him. Then he lived in the caves in fear of Saul before God empowered him. Now he lives in the greatest palace Israel has yet seen—and it’s all due to God. If God has given all of this to the king, then surely the king may stand confident in God.
David then claims that God “made my mountain stand strong.” The Lord is his fortress. The Lord is his source of strength. As the king looks over his wealth, perhaps he sees the walls of the city, the barricades, and the soldiers standing guard. David has always shown compassion to those soldiers who serve in his care. He even lifted up some mighty men and gave them special positions within his army. David is proud of his soldiers! But he knows that it is God who has made his fortress strong. The city of David, built on a meager little hill, is an unscalable mountain to all of his enemies because God has so strengthened him.
Everything David has is due to God, which leads to a scary thought at the end of verse 7: if “you hide your face; I was dismayed.” If God takes away His blessing, David will be left with nothing.
Fortunatley, as Christians, we can be confident that God will not hide His face from us. We know that everything we have is a gift of God; every good and perfect gift comes to us from the Father of Lights. He who has given us salvation through His Son will surely give us all things. But we must not take our eyes off of Him! We must not so cherish the gift that we forget the giver.
Once we have been forgiven of our sin through faith in Christ, God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. We have no need to fear, like David, that God will hide His face from us. But we must always be careful to keep our eyes looking to Him, the author and perfector of our faith. If we keep our feet planted firmly on the rock that is Jesus Christ, then we too shall never be moved.