Ps. 30 The title indicates that the psalm was written for the dedication of the temple. In David’s time the temple had not yet been built, but he could have prepared for its dedication much as he prepared for building it by gathering supplies (1 Chr. 22). A greater difficulty is the lack of any mention of the temple in the body of the psalm (Introduction: Characteristics and Themes). Attempts to link the psalm with the plague recorded in 1 Chr. 21:1–22:1 fail to take into account that David himself was not afflicted.