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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

When Joy Comes

Today's Verse:

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


The superscription of Psalm 30 is the dedication of the house of David. During this time, David was experiencing serious trials. He was in a dark place in his life. His enemies were causing him to have doubts and even second-guessing himself. It was at this time when he learned some valuable things about God’s working in his life. He learned that trials were for his benefit. He learned that God was taking him further in his spiritual life. He experienced that when you are in a dark place in your life, joy comes in the morning.


There is the grief of a trial.

David thought he was dying. He could feel his desire to live being drained out of him. In Psalm 30:3, he speaks about being down in the grave. He speaks about being in sorrow and mourning. I’ve been where David is talking about. I’ve been at the place where the pressure is so great, and the darkness is so dark, that you are crying and you feel like your life is finished. David was grieving over his troubles. He felt the hurt and despair.


There is the groaning when you are in a trial.

David cried out to the Lord. He refers to his crying in vv. 2 and 8. There were tears in his crying. There were the specifics in his crying. There was the desperation in his crying. Trials teach us how to pray! Trials bring us closer to God. Trials humble us when we pray. Trials remind us that there is no help apart from God. It’s alright to cry and groan in your praying. Let God know what’s on your heart. Let God know that you are in trouble and need Him desperately.


There is the grace of God in a trial.

David experienced God’s grace afresh and anew in his trial. First, he experienced joy when the sun came up every day. Yes, he wept during the night, but joy came in the morning. Second, he experienced resoluteness. God’s grace strengthened him to stand strong and steadfast. He determined that the trial would not move him from God, but rather to God. Third, he experienced God’s healing in the trial. His wounded soul was healed. His emotional scars were healed. His bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness were healed. The physical wounds of ulcers, depression, loss of sleep, and appetite were healed. The grace of God that sustained him showed him that he had favor with the Lord.


There is the gratitude in a trial.

David was thankful for his trial. His trial led him to extol the Lord for answering his prayer. He returned to worship and praise the Lord for what was happening in his life. He concluded this psalm by saying, “To the end that my glory may sing praise unto thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” He was saying, “I am eternally indebted with gratitude for what God has done for me.”


When you come to a dark place in your life, that's the time for you to find strength in the grace of God. Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. The sun always comes up in the morning. Let your sorrow be turned into joy.


Have a joyous God Morning!


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