Psalm 30:1 A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
“I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths….”
[To exalt you, Lord, is to enthusiastically declare that you are worthy of honor, of worship, of praise and of glory. You are the gracious and faithful, wise, powerful and loving One.
You are totally other than any of your creatures, totally independent of your creation; you have no need of anything or anyone. You are perfect and sinless, you hate sin and will punish it and eliminate all evil.
Yet you love sinners and have made a way for us to be forgiven, transformed and adopted into your family, to escape the punishment that will come on all who refuse your refuge.
You have lifted us out of the depths of Satan’s dominion of darkness, out of death, out of the prison of our evil desires and selfish rebellion. You have brought us out into your light, into your love and into your life where we will live forever. You have made us your children, your partners, your friends.
So I exalt you, Lord Jesus, for you are a marvel, a wonder–too good to be true, yet Truth itself.
I exalt you for cleansing us in your blood, washing us with the water of the Word and setting us upon the Rock. You are worthy of praise for bringing us into the light of your presence, into the warmth of your love, the acceptance of your grace and the wonder of your goodness.
You brought us out into a spacious place because you delighted in us, even before we believed in you; you did this because of your great love that works against all reason, against all odds, against all human idea of justice.
You are worthy of exaltation, Jesus, for you are the LORD Yahweh, King of glory, Savior of the world, Shepherd of the redeemed and Leader of all who will follow.
Help us, Lord, to live in the light of your goodness, to be your disciples by denying ourselves so we can obey your Word, to take up our cross daily and to follow you with all our hearts. May we today run with endurance the race you have set before us.