Job Security


To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.” Psalm 30:8-10

In the midst of his cry for Mercy, King David asks two interesting but related questions: Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

The obvious answer is “not normally” unless it latches on to the rocks in Luke 19:40: “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

However, David is making the case that if he were no longer able to praise and worship, then the dust certainly doesn’t have that ability. He puts the onus on us.

His praise – and by extension our praise – is not useless and purposeless. It matters.

The choice to praise or not to praise are both choices we make. Which will it be?

Me? I’m not about to cede my responsibility over to the whims of dust.


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