Psalm 30:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 30:4, NIV: Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.

Psalm 30:4, ESV: Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.

Psalm 30:4, KJV: Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 30:4, NASB: Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And praise the mention of His holiness.

Psalm 30:4, NLT: Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name.

Psalm 30:4, CSB: Sing to the Lord, you his faithful ones, and praise his holy name.

What does Psalm 30:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Celebrating God's forgiveness and mercy, David addresses the righteous people of Israel. He calls on them to sing praises to the Lord and give thanks. He wants every believer to join him in praising and thanking God for healing and restoration. At least part of this praise is for God's merciful discipline of David. He did not let David suffer defeat by his enemies (1 Chronicles 21:7–14) and He cut short a terrible plague (1 Chronicles 21:15–17). David celebrates this mercy as he dedicates the future site of the temple (Psalm 30:1–3; 1 Chronicles 22:1; 2 Chronicles 3:1).

Believers should give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), even when those circumstances are hard. Yet sometimes believers neglect to thank the Lord for answered prayer. When a stressful situation arises, a believer may pray for deliverance, and receive it, then forget to thank God for that happy conclusion. Jonah, for all his flaws, set a good example for believers in this regard. When he faced a desperate situation in the belly of a great fish, he determined to thank the Lord for delivering him. He prayed: "But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!" (Jonah 2:9). Gratitude should always follow answered prayer.