Will Joy REALLY Come with the Morning?

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Tucked away near the middle of Psalm 30, King David makes the following statement:

Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5b

Really? Will the weeping (or sadness or sorrow or despair) only “last the night”? Will it only be temporary?

And will joy REALLY come with the morning? Will it return soon?

Some days, I question this – as I’m sure anyone who faces any kind of difficulty in life does.

Life circumstances press in around us. Pain and hurt become our constant companion. Sorrow, sadness, and, in some cases, despair or depression cast a looming shadow over us and envelope us in darkness.

For me, the consequences of my actions have put me in this self-imposed place of sadness and sorrow. Instead of cooperating with God and doing life His way, I attempted to do life MY way. And now I have reaped what I have sown.

Yet, God is and always will be faithful. Let’s look at ALL of Psalm 30:

1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
3 You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

4 Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6 When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
7 Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8 I cried out to you, O Lord.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9 “What will you gain if I die,
if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O Lord.”

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

What does this Psalm say about God?

  • He rescued me (vs 1)
  • He refused to let my enemies triumph over me (vs 2)
  • He restored my health (vs 3)
  • He brought me up from the grave and kept me from falling into the pit of death (vs 4)
  • His anger lasts only a moment (vs 5)
  • His joy comes in the morning (vs 5)
  • His favor provides security (vs 7)
  • He has turned my mourning into dancing (vs 11)

Wow!!!

One of the passages of the Bible that I have clinged to during this period of difficulty has been Isaiah 54:9-10. It reminds me of several things about God and how He sees me.

“Just as I swore in the time of Noah
that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
that I will never again be angry and punish you.
For the mountains may move
and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

  1. God is NOT angry with me.
  2. God does NOT punish me.
    (NOTE: This does NOT mean that God doesn’t discipline me. He absolutely does, but that’s different than punishment.)
  3. God loves me and will always love me.
  4. God’s covenant of blessing will never be broken.
  5. God shows mercy to me.

Truth be told, some days are easier to believe this than others. These verses have definitely NOT been a “magic bullet” or a “quick fix”. It’s a process. It takes time. But as each day passes, as I cling harder to Jesus, I am able to rest more easily in His presence. I am able to better allow the Holy Spirit to comfort me – or rather I should say I am better able to receive His comfort. I am able to shift my focus away from me and my pain and onto Him.

I don’t have all the answers. I haven’t got it all figured out. I still hurt many days. But my God has proven Himself faithful to meet me when I cry out to Him. And for that, I am thankful.

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