This blog entry continues the meditation on Psalm 30:5 that I wrote about last week –
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
We all have weeping nights and joyful mornings. We experience times of distress and times of blessings – that’s just the natural cycle of life.
What we have to realize is that weeping nights and joyful mornings are partners. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? Many times, to attain the joy in the morning, we have to endure the pain of the night. If you want to rejoice in the day, you first have to go through the sorrow of the night. But take heart, God is with you and He will turn your distress into ecstasy.
David, who wrote this Psalm, experienced this pattern of weeping nights and joyful mornings. He wept when Saul persecuted him and tried to hunt him down to kill him, but he rejoiced when Saul was killed in battle and he became king instead of Saul. David wept when God punished him for the sin of adultery with Bathsheba but after he repented of his sins, he experienced a joyful morning.
One interesting fact about the morning is that morning comes when it is still dark. Morning starts at midnight, while the sky is still pitch black. Yet God tells us that joy can come in the morning, that joy can come while it’s still dark. This shows us that we don’t have to wait until the sun comes out before we can rejoice. Even in the darkness, in the midst of pain and problems, if we surrender our situation to God, we can have the joy of the Lord. So don’t wait until your problems are solved to experience morning’s joy, rejoice in the midst of your darkness! The sun (s-u-n) may not have risen yet, but because the Son (S-o-n) has risen, you can have joy!
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