The First and the Final Stage in True Worship
Psalm 30:1-12
I will extol you, O LORD; for you have lifted me up, and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.…

I. The first stage — GRATITUDE.

1. He points to God's mercy as having come to him in various ways.

(1)  As an extrication from difficulties.

(2)  As a protection from enemies.

(3)  As a restoration to health.

(4)  As preservation of life.

2. The gratitude from which true worship springs implies the beliefs

(1)  That the favours received are utterly undeserved.

(2)  That they were intended to serve us.

II. The final stage — ADORATION.

1. On account of the holiness of God's character. In heaven His character attracts all eyes, absorbs all thoughts, transports all souls, inspires all anthems. Let us aspire to this highest stage of worship.

2. On account of the eternal flow of His love. Suffering is always —

(1)  Brief.

(2)  Preliminary.


Parallel Verses
KJV: {A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.} I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

WEB: I will extol you, Yahweh, for you have raised me up, and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.

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