Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5 (NKJV)
Whenever Sarah and I moved to a new place that we would call home, whether it was an apartment or a house (6 places total in 16 years of marriage) we always asked God to bless the house to make it a home. A house is simply a place to sleep. A home is more intimate. A home is where life happens; Good-and-Bad, Ups-and-Downs, Successes-and-Failures. Yet, the home is a safe place. The home is the blessing of God over a house. And the Lord has been gracious to us and has answered our requests. From the three different apartments we lived during our days at seminary in Texas, to the house He has provided for 7 years in Florida, God has allowed the house to become a home.
The heading above Psalm 30 tells us this is a Psalm that David wrote for the dedication of his palace. It states, “A Psalm. A Song of dedication of the house of David.” A song that David sung over his house, his family, his comings-and-goings, his private life and pubic, where he slept, ate, played with his kids, cried with those he loved; a song he sung asking for the house to be a home.
Again, a house is simply a building; a home is where life takes place. Life must happen to make a house a home. Since we are all quarantined for a while, I thought it would be good to look at this dedication of David’s home to see things we can do in our homes as well.
David says to “sing praise to the LORD,” which means to make music. Music is an important part of a home. Music has a way of invoking the spirit and emotions. Whether it is Classical or Gospel, music speaks to all of us. Notice David says “make music TO THE LORD.” I encourage you to play music in your home that honors God. Lyrics that build people up and cause us to love God even more. Secular music has its place, but in the home we should be making music to God. So put your favorite hymns or praise songs on a Spotify playlist (or get your favorite Christian CD, tape, 8-track, vinyl) and make music in your home to the Lord.
David then says “Give thanks at the remembrance of His Name.” To “give thanks” means to praise through confession. Confession of how great God is. Confession of thankfulness to how God has blessed. Confession even of our sin, when we remember His great Name. The home is a God-given place. Anyone can have a house, God gives a home. Bless Him and thank Him for your home. Don’t view these 30 days (or longer) as a negative, view it as a blessing that God is allowing us to spend time at home with Him and our loved ones. Many people have become so busy in life that we have neglected the home. Let’s spend time investing in the most important matters during these days. This is just a season. Yet I do pray that God will use this season to repair the fractured homes in our country, communities, and churches. It is so needed. Perhaps the weeping in the night that many have experienced will blossom into rejoicing in the morning, simply because we made priority to God and those in our home.
In closing, the New Testament parallel to Psalm 30 is Ephesians 5:17-21. I want to highlight just verse 20, but I encourage you to read the whole Text later. Paul writes in Ephesians 5:20, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” David says we are to remember His Holy Name. Paul reveals the Name we are to remember, the Name that is above every Name, the Name of our Savior; Jesus Christ! No matter what you experience, no matter the hurt or pain, abandonment, sadness OR the success and the triumph…remember to give thanks for ALL THINGS to God the Father in the name of Jesus. Take time, even now, to thank God for the blessings He has given you. It may not look like you want it to look, yet give Him thanks for what you have and ask Him to do a fresh work in your life in the days to come to bring honor to the Name of Jesus.
Praying for you and love you all.