When Morning Comes

Psalm 30: 1-5, 11-12 I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.  O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.  Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name. 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…You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

I have always loved this psalm, because of its calm assurance that the struggles and difficulties of life are only temporary, and that God’s salvation is available to those who believe and trust in him. David writes from his personal experiences, not from what he heard or read in a book. Across his lifetime, David experienced the favor, forgiveness, and fellowship of God, who in choosing David as king referred to David as “a man after my own heart, who will do all my will” ( 1Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).

David loved God and God loved David, but that relationship did not exempt David from troubles and the need for God’s grace and mercy. We should all be striving to be viewed as men and women after God’s own heart, willing to do God’s will in our lives. But, troubles and tribulations will still come, some of which may be self-inflicted, some caused by others, and some resulting from the social world in which we live. But, this is not a post on gloom and doom, but one meant to encourage us in times of trials and tribulations, and it begins with the title:When morning comes.

The word, when, indicates that an event will most undoubtedly happen. The word, if, leaves some doubt that I do not think is appropriate for people of faith. 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. We teach boys and men not to cry, but give women the freedom to do so. But David cried, and in John 11:35, Jesus wept. Crying is a coping mechanism that God gave 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, 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 realized 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 tension and the pain that accompanies troubles: the gift of crying. Let me strive to 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.


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