1 I will extol thee, O Yahweh; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O Yahweh my Elohim, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 O Yahweh, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive (or preserved me from corruption,) that I should not go down to the pit (or be reduced to dust.)
Even the blood of the innocent and righteous Jesus, would have been as unprofitable for covenant purposes as the blood of Moses, Abel, or calves, if he had not risen from the dead. This is the doctrine taught concerning him in David.
The thirtieth psalm is prophetic of Messiah's death and resurrection. "All things must be fulfilled that are written concerning me in the psalms," said Jesus.
4 Sing unto Yahweh, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 Yahweh, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O Yahweh; and unto Yahweh I made supplication.
This occurred before his soul went down into the grave. In view of its hypothetical continuance in that gloomy place, he inquires in his supplication,
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
This interrogative argument teaches the doctrine of the fifteenth of Corinthians (v17,18), that if Christ be not raised from the dead, or in other words, be mere dust in the pit, "faith is vain;" sins are not remitted; and dead believers are perished: which is equivalent to saying, "there is not profit in his blood;" for it was shed for remission of sins, which, however, are not remitted, if He be not raised up, or "healed" of the "evil disease" which laid him in the tomb.
An unrisen Christ is an unprofitable sacrifice. His blood could purge nothing; and as to praising God, and declaring his truth in heaven or earth, it would be impossible; for "the dead know not any thing," (Ecc 9:5) in the day of their return to their dust their thoughts perish; and therefore the dead cannot praise Yahweh (Psa 115:17).
Jesus was "delivered for our offences;" but if he had not been raised, we should have remained unjustified, and in our sins, and without any title to things everlasting; happily, however, for the faithful, God raised him from the dead; whereupon the Apostle adds, "and was raised again for our justification." Thus, his blood was made profitable, and he is prepared to praise Yahweh and to declare his truth in the midst of Israel's congregation when the time comes.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Sept 1855
Can the dust praise thee can it declare thy truth
There is no profit in dust for praise or truth, apart from the operation of the Eternal Spirit It retains no trace of former personal identity. From the few pounds of dust left to Paul the Creator could form a Lion. When he had given the creature life, would it have the consciousness of the apostle? Would it be able to sing the song of redemption? If personal identity resided in the dust as dust, it might; but the supposition is absurd: Of men, it is said,
"the Deity remembereth that they are but flesh, a wind that passeth away, and COMETH NOT AGAIN".
Where is the personal identity when flesh has thus passed away? All personality is dissolved.
10 Hear, O Yahweh, and have mercy upon me: Yahweh, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Yahweh my Elohim, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.