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Joy Comes in the Morning

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Psalm 30:5 “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”

How often we have experienced the truth of this verse! Heavy trials weigh us down as we lay our head on our pillow at night. Our minds seem unable to stop thinking. Restlessly we toss and turn, but our body refuses to rest. We are miserable, we feel helpless and hopeless.

The Christian life is filled with the interchanges of sickness and health, weakness and strength, disgrace and honor, want and wealth. Sometimes we enjoy the comfort of being one of God’s own; other times we bear the cross of that same privilege. On occasion the south winds of God’s mercy blow over our lives; on other occasions blows the north winds of adversity. Nonetheless, when the winds of calamity chill our nights and cause us to be restless, we can rest in the promise of God that “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning .”

After a night of struggling to sleep, we frequently awake with a vague sense of what transpired the night before, we wonder why vit was so difficult for us to fall asleep.What is it that makes the difference? It is the joy that comes in the morning, when we allow God to be our guide? Is it because when we an trust Him and know this too shall pass?

Not only are the trials of the night temporary; they are gifts from God as well. We cannot deny that we are often called to endure soul-shaking experiences. As children of God there is weeping, and sometimes plenty of it. The nights of adversity are long and frequent. But God never allows them to be endless or without cause. God promised us joy. Just like David we must praise Him always even in the night.

David promises to praise the Lord. He had experienced a great deliverance and was thankful. He cried unto heaven and the Lord heard him, bringing his soul back from the grave. Thus he exclaims that he will “Sing unto the Lord . . .for His anger endureth but a moment.” This thought is reinforced by the delightful expression, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. We all have those moments like David, but dry your eyes because there is joy in the morning!

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