4 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. 5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4-5
Sometimes it is quite exciting to see morning. When we are anticipating a day – maybe vacation, a few days off – we are anxious to see morning come. Then there are days, let’s be honest, that when the sun shines through our window we exclaim, “Oh, it’s morning already?” We might have gotten to bed late, or we have a trying day ahead of us or we just don’t want to go to work or school and morning brings the woes. Although truly we have to take time to realize that regardless of what the day will bring, we are blessed just to wake up to see it.
But there are also times when morning time is anticipated because in our lives we have experienced, or are experiencing a real “midnight”. When dark days come in our lives and we wail out in desperation to our Lord, we anxiously await morning. Morning in this case represents a reprieve, a resolve of our issues and circumstances. We await the Lord’s deliverance from our midnight. If we are honest some of those moments we bring on ourselves and we must realize that there are times when our trials are the consequences of our own actions. We also know that God has to deal with our sin and it may seem that He is angry and has to deal with us. The Psalmist says that His anger is but for a moment but His favor is for life. Whether or not we go through because of our own frailties or not – we understand that because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we are not REALLY dealt with according to our iniquities. Whatever inconvenience, trial, or dilemma we must face – it is but for a moment – God will give us favor for a lifetime! However long we must go through – Morning time is coming and with it comes a gift from God = JOY! Praise while you wait!
JOY is essentially different from happiness. Happiness is dependent upon what’s going on – which, of course, can change from moment to moment. Joy is continuing and does not depend on what’s happening. The Psalmist instructs us to praise God – to give thanks to Him that even if He is angry, it will only last for a moment, that He will always provide to us His favor and that regardless of our midnight experiences, He will provide for us the gift of Joy in the morning.
Whether or not you awoke this morning happy to see the daylight, weary of your circumstances, or tired from the night before, regardless of what you will face today or what you are facing in your life – praise God, give Him thanks. His favor will be with you for a lifetime and He will give you JOY.
c/Candie A. Price