The Happy Dance Psalm


Tuesday morning a day after hearing the good news “Cancer Free,”  I spent some time reading in Psalms.  I came across the following Psalm and found it to be somewhat biographical this last eight months.  I share it here because it blessed me and refer to it now as the “Happy Dance” Psalm.

1  I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me.

You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.

2  O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,

and you restored my health.

3  You brought me up from the grave, O LORD.

You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

4  Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!

Praise his holy name.

5  For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime!

Weeping may last through the night,

but joy comes with the morning.

6  When I was prosperous, I said,

“Nothing can stop me now!”

7   Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.

Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8   I cried out to you, O LORD.

I begged  the LORD for mercy, saying,

9   “What will you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave?

Can my dust praise you? Can it tell of your faithfulness?

10  Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me.

Help me, O LORD.”

11  You have turned my mourning into

into joyful (happy) dancing.

You have taken away my clothes of

mourning and clothed me with joy,

12  that I might sing praises to you and not

be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give you thanks

forever [Psalms 30, NLT]


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3 Responses

  1. I love that Psalm, Rob! I sang it nearly every day during a certain 2-year period in my life. I appreciate it because it’s just as true before the “happy dance day” as it is when we finally experience the healing/renewal. It is a source of joy and thanksgiving both in the dark valley and in the bright light of day.

  2. Doing a happy dance with you. God is good.

  3. I’m so glad you shared this with everyone. What a testimony you have. When you wear out your dancing shoes, get some new ones!

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