Psalms 30:7

7 LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain[a] stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.

Psalms 30:7 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
English Standard Version (ESV)
7 By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
The Message Bible (MSG)
7 I'm God's favorite. He made me king of the mountain." Then you looked the other way and I fell to pieces.
American Standard Version (ASV)
7 Thou, Jehovah, of thy favor hadst made my mountain to stand strong: Thou didst hide thy face; I was troubled.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
7 O LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain stand firm. When you hid your face, I was terrified.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
7 Lord, when You showed Your favor, You made me stand like a strong mountain; when You hid Your face, I was terrified.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
7 Lord, when you showed me your favor, you made my mountain stand firm. But when you turned your face away from me, I was terrified.

Psalms 30:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 30:7

Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand
The psalmist found himself mistaken, and acknowledges it; that as it was not owing to his own merit that he enjoyed the prosperity that he did, so neither was the continuance of it owing to his goodness, power, and strength, but to the free grace and favour of God; as the church of God is compared to a mountain, and the several individuals of believers are like to Mount Zion, so the soul of a child of God may be called his mountain, which is made strong by the Lord as to its state in Christ, being set on him, the Rock of ages, and sure foundation, where it is safe and secure; and as to its grace, whenever it is in any strong exercise, which is altogether owing to the favour of God, and continues as long as he pleases;

thou didst hide thy face, [and] I was troubled;
the Lord may hide his face from his people, and yet their state be safe; their mountain stands strong in that respect; yet this generally produces a change of frames; it gives trouble, and faith and hope become feeble and languid in their acts and exercises; this shows the changeableness of frames, that they are not to be depended upon; that they are entirely owing to the pleasure of God, and that rejoicing only should be in him: very likely some regard is had to the affair of Absalom's rebellion, which came unawares, unthought of, when David was in the greatest prosperity and security.

Psalms 30:7 In-Context

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.
6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”
7 LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
8 To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 31:17; Psalms 104:29

Footnotes 1

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