Psalms 30:1

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

1 [a][b]I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

Psalms 30:1 in Other Translations

1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
1 I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
1 I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
1 I give you all the credit, God - you got me out of that mess, you didn't let my foes gloat.
1 I will exalt You, Lord, because You have lifted me up and have not allowed my enemies to triumph over me.

Psalms 30:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 30:1

I will extol thee, O Lord
Or "lift thee up on high" F11. The Lord is high in his name, he is the most High; and in his nature, there is none besides him, nor like unto him; and in place, he dwells in the high and holy place; he is above all, angels and men; he is above all gods; he is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; he cannot be higher than he is: to extol him, therefore, is to declare him to be what he is; to exalt him in high praises of him, which the psalmist determined to do, for the following reasons;

for thou hast lifted me up;
or "drawn me up", or "out" F12; from the pit of nature; the low estate of unregeneracy; the pit wherein is no water: the horrible pit, the mire and clay of sin and misery, in which all men, while unconverted, are; and out of which they cannot lift themselves, being without strength, yea, dead in sin: this is God's work; he takes out of this pit, he draws out of it by his efficacious grace; he raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill; and this is an instance of his grace and mercy, and requires a new song of praise: or this may regard some great fall by sin, from which he was restored, through the grace and power of God; or deliverance from great troubles, compared to waters, out of which he was drawn, ( Psalms 18:16 ) ; and was lifted up above his enemies; and agrees very well with his being brought to his palace and throne again, upon the defeat of Absalom;

and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me;
as Satan does over unregenerate sinners, when he possesses their hearts, and keeps the house and goods in peace; and as the men of the world do over fallen saints, when forsaken by the Lord, and afflicted by him, and are under the frowns of his providence; but the conspirators against David were not suffered to succeed and rejoice over him, which they otherwise would have done; and for this he praises the Lord.


F11 (Kmmwda) "superexaltabo te", Cocceius; "elevabo te", Michaelis.
F12 (ygylr) "me sursum extraxisti", Cocceius; so Michaelis; "thou hast drawn me up", Ainsworth.

Psalms 30:1 In-Context

1 I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
3 You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Exodus 15:2
  • 2. Job 11:8; Psalms 63:9; Psalms 107:26; Proverbs 9:18; Isaiah 14:15
  • 3. S Psalms 22:17; Psalms 25:2; Psalms 28:9

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 30:1-12 is numbered 30:2-13.
  • [b]. Title: Or "palace"
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