For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5
Life is a journey of hills and valleys. While all of us would rather enjoy mountain-top living, valleys are an inescapable part of life. This morning we are looking at a passage that encourages us to be strong and not faint when we are going through tough times. It teaches us how God comes through to us at our lowest point of life and gives us assurance when it is needed most. Let us see this morning what it means when “joy cometh in the morning.”
We see the extenuating CRISIS.
David was going through a very deep time of darkness and uncertainty in his life. He describes his situation as having failing health and being near death. He feels the grasp of death pulling him into the grave. In essence, he feels like his situation is so bad, he is going to die. Perhaps the worst crisis any of us can go through is walking the valley of the shadow of death. Our thoughts and imagination can get the best of us and we are overcome with doubts, fears, and sorrow.
We see the expressive CRY.
David does the one thing we should do when crisis comes: pray and cry out to the Lord. He prays with expression. He prays for relief. He prays for deliverance. He prays for an extension of his life. He is telling the Lord all of his troubles. He is asking God to do something powerfully great in his life. We cannot fathom the extent of God’s grace and power in our lives unless we have journeyed down the pathway of prayer. Times of distress are God’s gift to draw us closer and nearer to Him. They teach us true intimacy in prayer. They teach us how to pray with earnestness for ourselves and others affected by our distress. Never feel ashamed or reticent to call on the Lord.
We see the excellent COMPREHENSION.
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” David learned that even though he might weep through the night, joy came in the morning. David experienced a spiritual breakthrough. As the sun began to rise one morning, he could see light for his situation. The heaviness of his burden was taken away. His problem which was previously so big now seemed so small because of God. His sorrow turned to joy. Peace flooded his soul. Joy cometh in the morning! Oh, let’s thank the Lord for the wonderful sweetness of the joy that comes in the morning with answered prayer and the breakthrough for victorious Christian living.
We see the extolling COMPLIMENT.
“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” David is filled with joy and gladness! He is thankful that his voice will not be silent in the grave, but alive and shouting out loud for the glory of God. Let us remember that excruciating circumstances are for the purpose of praising and honoring God for His greatness in our lives. He was thankful for new opportunities to praise the Lord and to share with others what God did for him.
If you are going through a tough time as David did, remember that in God’s favor there is life! Remember that even though weeping may endure for a night, joy cometh in the morning! Joy that comes in the morning gives us newness of hope, a freshness of energy, and a resolve that we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. Look for the morning light and the joy that accompanies it!
Have a joyous God Morning!