Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Title: Joy Comes with the Morning
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Psalms 30: 2, 5, 11-12
“O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.” (Psalm 30:2)
“For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm30:5)
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm30:11-12)
The expression of night and morning encompasses all of human experiences. The nights are often long and dreary. They are dark and oppressive. The nights seem to move very slowly, they keep us awake. The darkness tends to fill our minds with fear and anxiety. No matter how long our night may be, morning still comes. Morning has broken! Darkness is gone. The Psalmist says, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) David has gone through many miraculous deliverances by God in his life. In this Psalm, he testified through his experiences. He thanked and praised God for His mercies.
The title of this Psalm tells us it is a song of Dedication for David’s Palace or the Dedication of the Temple built by his son Solomon. David wrote this Psalm to celebrate God’s deliverance. In this Psalm David shared where he was then and where he is now. God’s deliverance is like moving from the night to the morning.
David says that God has lifted him up from the pit. The word used here is similar to that of Joseph being lifted up from the well into which his brothers had thrown him. David gives us the impression that he was sick. That sickness was leading him to death. He cried out to God and God answered him, healed him and delivered him from death.
With such a wonderful experience with God; who can remain quiet? David burst out in joy and praise. He invited others who were worshiping to join him saying, “Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His. And give thanks at the remembrance of His Holy name.” (Psalm 30:4)
One thing I pick up from David in praising God is that we must be able to remember what wonderful things God has done for us. He recalled the heavy hand of God’s discipline when he disobeyed God. He said, “God’s anger only last for a moment, but his favour last for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
Maybe right now you are experiencing the darkest night of your life. David cried out to God for deliverance. God heard his prayer, healed his sickness, gave him hope in time of despair and literally turned darkness into light. God’s power of transformation starts when we get close to God; when we trust and obey Him. It calls for a change of mind about who your God is. It is not enough to know that God is All-Powerful, you must experience His power at work in you. It is not enough to know that God is All-Knowing, you must know that He knows you by name. It is not enough to know that God is All-Present, you must experience He is with you right now. This personal experience literally changes your night into day. This how David describes it, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” (Psalm 30:11)
David concludes this Psalm by reminding us always to give thanks for how God has changed our lives. We need to thank God for placing us where we are today. Let us give thanks to God continually and forever. May the Lord always be praised.
Prayer for Today
Our Father in heaven, we thank you for delivering us from death to life, from darkness to light, from pain and sorrow to joy and from sickness to healing. Lord, some of us are still going through pain and sorrows. Some of us are experiencing sickness and at the brink of death; we bring all our cares and anxieties at the foot of the cross. Please help us to know You always hear us and care for us. We give thanks forever. In Jesus’ Name.