Day 22: Psalms of Rejoicing

Mourning Into Dancing by Mollie Freeman

Today’s Reading
Psalms 30, 47, 97

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. – Psalm 30:11-12

Observation
The Psalmist has been saved from grave danger, literally saved from death due to illness or injury. All seemed lost and now it has changed. The lost is found. Relief brings rejoicing. The Psalmist invites others to join him in celebrating his healing and deliverance by singing praise, giving thanks, and testifying to God’s saving power.

Application
There’s a song in Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Little Night Music called Every Day a Little Death. The character who sings it is a Victorian woman, strangled by the expectations of society, including the expectation that she will stay with her cheating husband.

Every day we face little and not so little deaths- a job ends, a child moves away, our health declines, a friend disappoints, a dream dies… It’s easy to slip into sackcloth and stay there. Why take it off when the next piece of pain is right around the corner?

Every day a little death, yet the scriptures promise us that with those little deaths comes a little dancing, a little deliverance, a little joy. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (v. 5) Hold fast. Keep the faith. What a difference a day makes.

When I must acknowledge that the dream will never come to fruition, no one else can know my grief precisely. No one can know the pain within us when we think about lost innocence, lost opportunities, lost years before we came to awareness of God. In that sense each of us always mourns alone—except that this beatitude [“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)] promises us God is there. “Will be comforted” reminds us that God comes to those who mourn and longs to embrace them.Mary Lou Redding, The Power of a Focused Heart

Prayer Litany and Hymn Text
God of the Ages,
every day we come face to face with our mortality
and the pain of this broken world.
Every day brings a little death.
Every day brings a little death, but with you there is life and healing and hope.
Lift the veil of despair.
Raise the head bent in sorrow.
Strengthen those broken in body, mind or spirit.
Turn mourning into dancing
for us and the whole world. Amen.

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With you
By Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

With you there is safety
With you there is peace
With you I am never alone
With you there’s a light for the long journey home
With you there is healing and hope

With you I can slumber
With you I can stand
With you I can run and play
With you I can walk through the valley some day
With you there is healing and hope

With you I see sickness
With you I see need
With you I see souls to embrace
With you I can meet every wrong face to face
With you there is healing and hope

With you there is purpose
With you there is life
With you there is courage and truth
I’m finally me because I am with you
With you there is healing and hope

© 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms. To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan

As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><

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