Reading: Psalm 30: 1-5
David rejoices that God has heard his cry and has pulled him out of the pit. In the Psalm, David reminds us that God’s favor lasts a lifetime. David admits that there will be times of mourning, but because of God’s favor, we will rejoice in the end as the God who loves us will rescue us.
Even though these are the promises of God, sometimes we choose to stay in the pit. We choose not to reach up. We choose not to cry out for help. Some of the time we think that our mourning will only be for a short while, so we can endure. Some of the time we think our actions or choices have gotten us to where we are and therefore we ‘deserve’ a little suffering. Both of these are prideful and have no place in our faith. Our loving and forgiving God wants us to be joy filled each day. So He asks us to give Him our burdens in exchange for His joy. We just have to reach up.
But at times we also refuse the help God offers. We almost enjoy the misery. We enjoy the ‘woe is me’ sympathy or attention it brings. Sometimes bad attention is better than no attention. At these points we need to be reminded of God’s favor and of our status as child of God, dearly loved. We must look within and find all that God loves and strive to bring these things out. In time we find joy in the morning.
We too can be the hand that reaches out to another who is in a pit. Just like us with God, they too have to be willing to reach up and must have a desire for healing and rejoicing. If not, we can still be the loving presence of God, quiet until they are ready to hear how much God loves them. Then we can take hold of that hand reaching up and can help them to take His hand. May we each be ever accepting of God’s love and ever sharing it as well.