Pain and Praise

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 29-33

In Psalm 29 God is praised as the writer considers the power of God expressed in thunder. Here we note one of the techniques of the psalms, repetition. Lord is mentioned 18 times in 11 verses. The result is to focus our attention where it ought to be focused, on the Lord.

In the RSV, the heading of Psalm 30 speaks of the temple, since the Hebrew word is beth, which means “house.” But the occasion for the psalm must have been the dedication of David’s palace. This beautiful home is a symbol of his present prosperity compared to his years of being persecuted. Indeed, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (v. 5). We may endure long years of difficulty, but we shall have joy for eternity.

Psalm 31:5 is quoted by Jesus among His last words on the cross. The line from the 13th verse, “Terror on every side” is quoted by Jeremiah five times.

Psalm 32 is another penitential psalm. For the psalmist, communion with God is the source of his greatest joy. He describes how terrible it is to have that communion destroyed by his sin and how wonderful when, as a result of heartfelt confession, sin is forgiven and fellowship is restored. Psalm 33 is a beautiful example of a song of praise to God.


Father, we confess our sin. Forgive us and give us the joy of fellowship with You. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.