Truth of the Week 14: His Favor is for Life

by Catherine King and Jenny Cioto

Psalm 30:5 – For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. NKJV

Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David speaks to this Psalm – as is noted in the Bible explicitly – a dedication of David’s house. Apparently, there was a sickness that God healed David from (v2). The commentary also makes mention of God’s anger being that sickness brought to David’s house because of his proud belief that in his prosperity that nothing could touch him – verses 6-7.

God does beautifully with us when we have an erring attitude. God doesn’t put up with His children believing they are above anything, that’s for sure! He most definitely corrects us.

It may not always seem swift at the time, but a lot of times I can look back and see He didn’t let me suffer too long to bear it and it changed me in good way.

Right after our highlighted verse, David writes he was enjoying a time of prosperity and he said, “I shall never be moved (v6)” – yeah, he regretted saying that and he totally attributed the illness that befell him and his house Jerusalem to be the result of his attitude and heart.

A few verses later he writes about making supplication and puts in a good case for some saving and God has mercy and helps – as is His nature. Then David praises God (v8-12).

Let’s settle on the phrase, “His favor is for life.” Holy goodness. His favor isn’t temporary – it’s a life promise!

That means we can expect to see favor on our lives, even when we go through “moments” and “nights” that may not seem to be us basking in favor. Notice the shortness of those words. Moments are just that – a piece of time, not all time. And a night? That’s a short piece of time, too. After the anger of God realized on your life, after the crying – we have joy. If you aren’t in a season that seems joyful – you still have to find joy, it’s not a feeling it’s a security in Christ.

After your moment of suffering has ended. Always give praise. In your fire and in your salvation, praise Him. You are favored by Almighty God. Don’t forget that.

Catherine King