The word, when, indicates that an event will most undoubtedly happen. The word, if, leaves some doubt. In Psalm 30, David testifies that weeping may last for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Weeping is good for us, but so often people equate weeping with a lack of faith. Yet, crying is a coping mechanism that God gives to all of us for when life’s trials threaten our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Thankfully, crying is temporary, for eventually morning comes. However, there can be an indefinite amount of time between night and morning. David is not talking about a twenty-four hour day, because David understood from many of the encounters with his enemies, such as King Saul and his son, Absalom, that night can last a long time. John 5 relates the story of a man whose night lasted 38 years before morning came in the form of healing by Jesus. And in the stories found in the Old Testament and New Testament, there is a discernible space of time between the troubles of the night and the rescues and healing when morning finally arrived.
Lastly, David teaches us that when morning comes, meaning when the trials of life are over, it is a time to joyfully celebrate. Joy is different from happiness or pleasure. Joy goes deeper into the soul and lasts longer, and joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. David showed his joy by dancing. He teaches that when morning comes, there should be some outward sign to others that your long night has ended.
Whatever you are enduring today, take heart knowing that morning will come into your life. Don’t be afraid to cry, for weeping does not mean that you lack faith, but that you are human. Remember that no trouble lasts forever. So, I hope that when your morning comes, you will lift your hands toward Heaven, and sing, dance, jump for joy, or whatever you do to celebrate God’s blessings. Don’t be ashamed to show your joy, for David, the man after God’s own heart, danced unashamedly in front of his people (2 Samuel 6:14).
Dear Father in Heaven, I approach your throne with reverence and in awe. We are certainly marvelously and wonderfully made, in that you gave us a mechanism to release the tension and the pain that accompanies troubles: the gift of crying. Let me strive to also be a person after your own heart, doing Your will in my life, and when troubles come, as they certainly will, help me to remember that morning always follows night, as part of the order of the universe that You created. Oh, Lord God, there is a measure of peace in knowing that morning always comes. Thank you for watching over us and going ahead of us to resolve our troubles. You are worthy of all praise! In Jesus’s Name, Amen.