Psalm 30 - A favorite to sing

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1 I will exalt you, Yahweh, because you have lifted me up *

and have not let my enemies triumph over me.

2 Yahweh elohay, I cried out to you, *

and you restored me to health.

3 You brought me up, Yahweh, from the dead; *

you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.

4 Sing to Yahweh, you servants of his; *

give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *

his favor for a lifetime.

6 [5] Weeping may spend the night, *

but joy comes in the morning.

7 [6] While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. *

[7] You, Yahweh, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."

8 [7] Then you hid your face, *

and I was filled with fear.

9 [8] I cried to you, Yahweh; *

I pleaded with adonay, saying,

10 [9] "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *

will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

11 [10] Hear, Yahweh, and have mercy upon me; *

Yahweh, be my helper."

12 [11] You have turned my wailing into dancing; *

you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.

13 [12] Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *

Yahweh elohay, I will give you thanks for ever.


This is the Psalm that will be read aloud in unison or sung by a cantor on the fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9), Year C, if a church is on the Track 1 path, according to the lectionary for the Episcopal Church. If on that course, this will follow a reading from Second Kings, where the story of Naaman is told. That story includes this: “He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy."’ That pair will precede a reading from Galatians, where Paul wrote, “Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.” All will accompany the Gospel selection from Luke, where we read Jesus tell his disciples sent out into internship, “"Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."’

I have posted commentaries that explain this Psalm 30 twice before, both within the past year’s time. Just this last Easter season, I posted a commentary under the title, “David knew the resurrection of Jesus in his soul.” That was relative to it being read on the third Sunday of Easter. Prior to that, in 2021, I gave this same Psalm a commentary title of: “Do you call your spouse by general title or specific name?” Then, it was a Track 2 psalm for the Proper 8 Sunday, in the Ordinary after Pentecost season of Year B. Those two observations can be read by clicking on the links. Today, I will focus on this song of praise applying to the accompanying readings for this year.

Let me first point out the corrections to the text above, which was also presented corrected in the other commentaries. Eight times, in twelve verses, David specifically named “Yahweh.” He did not generalize a “Lord,” which is non-specific in a world that has many spiritual “lords.” Our souls are the lords over our bodies of flesh … until our bodies of flesh become the masters over our souls, making them a slave to the flesh. Yahweh is the name of the Creator, who made ALL lesser gods: angels, seraphim, spirits, and souls.

In addition to that naming of Yahweh, twice David wrote “elohay,” which is the plural word “elohim,” constructed to add “my” to that. The word “my” is a possessive pronoun, which becomes an indication of the “elohim” being the possessor of David’s soul, such that “my elohim” says the spiritual possession Yahweh sent into his soul, when David was Anointed by Yahweh.

Finally, in verse eight is written the word “adonay,” which is the plural form of the singular “adon.” The word “adon” means “lord, master,” but when written as “adonay,” the plural is connected to the “elohim” within David’s soul, which became David’s source of teaching abilities; so, through his “adonay” (the same “elohay” within his soul) would be passed onto other souls of David’s followers. Thus, the “adonay” should be read as David being like Jesus, as he led disciples who were spiritually taught the truth … simply from being close to David.

In the Galatians reading that will also be read on this Sunday, following this Psalm 30 being sung aloud, Paul wrote of “receiving the Spirit.” The “Spirit” must be seen as receiving an “elohim” from Yahweh. A “Yahweh elohim” is the soul of His Son – Adam, a.k.a. Jesus (Yahweh Saves). In the Gospel reading from Luke, we read of Jesus sending out “seventy” interns, who were in his name. They were sent to places “where he himself intended to go;” so, Jesus went to those places as the ”adonay” placed within their souls. Each disciple had been loaned an “elohim,” which was an extension of Jesus’ soul, who would teach in those places, as the “adonay” extended into those “elohim.” That would become a permanent fixture in the disciples, when they would become Apostles, after Jesus ascended. David had that permanent inner “elohim-adonay” in his soul, beginning when Yahweh poured out His Spirit upon David’s soul.

Because this Psalm 30 is sung during the Year C Ordinary after Pentecost season that reflects ministry in the name of Jesus, all who are sent out in that name must have the Spirit of Yahweh within their souls. Ministry is only possible when Yahweh is leading one’s actions. Without “Yahweh,” without an inner “elohim,” and without having the ability to become the “Lord” or “Master” that teaches other souls, as Jesus did in his ministry, one is not a true minister in the name of Jesus. Without thos inner presences, one is incapable of teaching others the whole truth of Scripture; and, that means oneself does not know the whole truth of Scripture.

At this point, I will refer all readers to the more specific details of the verbiage of this Psalm 30. This is an important psalm to understand. We can grasp that by the number of times it is sung on Sundays: six, all in years B and C. One time it is sung during the ordinary after the Epiphany season. One time it is sung during the Easter season; and, four times it is sung during the Ordinary after Pentecost season. That repetition is a signal to learn what this song sings.

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