Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.
David cried out to God to lift him from the gates of death to the gates of God’s holy city. This soaring imagery reflects David’s faith and his desire, even in trials, to sing God’s praises and to rejoice in His deliverance.
As Matthew Henry commented, “We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence take encouragement to hope that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us.”
God has a plan that He is working out in each person’s life. God’s plan gives meaning to all we suffer and all we experience. Read about God’s plan for you in the last half of our booklet From Holidays to Holy Days: God’s Plan for You.