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. Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication. (Psalm 30:4-8, NKJV)
In this Psalm of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord there is the message of the true source of prosperity and joy. As it was true for his time, it is also the case that many of us today take shelter and solace in our prosperity. We put our trust in our ability to buy, influence, and create change.
What we often forget or ignore is the true Source of our prosperity. This psalm makes it clear to us that God does not have to “smite” us with the plague or some brutal illness. He does not have to send locusts and thick darkness to get our attention; He can simply just look away. The Psalmist (David) acknowledged that his soul was troubled when all God did was hide His face.
We often act as if God does not see our evil deeds or if He does, we want Him to look away. We need to stop and think of the consequences of these things. God sees everything; after all He is God. If He should take heed to our oft unspoken desire for Him to look away there would be nothing left for us to stand on and our demise is certain.
Does it not make perfect sense when we read “When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek” (Psalm 27:8)? We should always desire for the Lord to look our way; the alternative is hell. Prosperity and material wealth cannot sustain us and no matter how much we have, to put our trust in anything or anyone but God is grave error.
David also reminds us that when we trust in the Lord, “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.” Put your trust in the Lord and seek His face daily so that His gaze may steady itself on you. For Him to look away is utter catastrophe. Seek his face and live; trust in Him and prosper. Trust in the Lord and He will direct your path; He will make your way straight!