Life is filled with ups and downs. The heights of rejoicing can lead us “into dancing” because of the great things God has done for us. The lows can only be described as “the pit” (v. 9). But God is faithful to His people and gives reason for praise and song.
David declares: “You have lifted me up” and “[You] have not let my foes rejoice over me” (v. 1); “You brought my soul up from the grave” and “You have kept me alive” (v. 3); “[God’s] favor is for life” and “joy comes in the morning” (v. 5); and “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing” and “You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (v. 11).
The Lord who loves His people is the One who rescues, delivers, and finishes what we could never do for ourselves. Our praise must come from the depths of our hearts. Therefore, David continues: I must “sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever” (v. 12).