“Weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5(b).
We do not typically see the light at the end of the tunnel through difficult times and sorrow, do we? The night may seem too long. However, God says joy comes in the morning regardless of the lengthy nature of the night. Psalm 30 is one of the songs King David wrote. In his troubled, fearful, and pain-filled times David poured out his heart to God through his poems or songs. When God gave deliverance and joy, he wrote songs of praise and joy. His songs are in the book of Psalms in the Bible.
David, who went through frequent up and down experiences in his life, was a man who experienced fears and sorrows and God-given victories and joys. His life centered his life around the Lord God that he faithfully recorded his feelings in his songs. These songs became the praise and worship hymns of the Israelites.
David wrote. “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” David was faced with unexplainable pains, troubles, and persecutions for a long time from the first king of Israel, Saul. David had been on the run, fearing Saul, and he could not stay in his home. He had to hide in caves and even in the wilderness. He experienced weeping and loneliness for a long time. Now he looks back and testifies the truth, “weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” David says in another song that God delivered him from all his troubles. You see, David’s eyes were on the Lord during his difficulties. He prayed and trusted in the Lord even though he could not understand why all these bad things were happening. Now we know why God allowed weeping and painful troubles in his life. His songs became the word of God, comforting countless people down through the centuries. Still, his songs recorded in the book of Psalms in the Bible comforts the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit.
The secret of David’s success, although he has gone through heartbreaking events, was this. He focused his eyes on the Lord for deliverance. He did not take matters into his hand. He prayed and waited for the Lord to act on his behalf. No wonder David was called by the Lord, “a man after my own heart.” Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22.
No wonder this pandemic called COVID-19 brought untold miseries, sorrows, fear, and a sense of hopelessness to people around the world. However, if you put your trust in the Lord God like David did pour your feelings and sadness to Him, and wait, I bet this – even though weeping may stay here for a long night, however, joy is assured in the morning from God. God takes note of a person who would trust Him with all his heart amid manifold trials. He will bring deliverance and full joy eventually as he did to David. There are numerous examples of God bring comfort, joy, and deliverance to his people in the pages of the Bible. Job, Joseph, and Daniel are few such examples. However, the greatest examples is Jesus Christ. God turned around the crucifixion and death into a marvelous morning of resurrection and joy. God used the hopelessness felt by the fearful disciples due to the death of Christ to open the gospel of good news to the world to anyone who would come and accept His Son, Jesus, as his or her savior by granting forgiveness, peace and eternal life. Because Jesus lives we will also live eternally by coming to Him.
God promised this in Isaiah 61:3. Listen carefully. “I will give them a crown to replace their ashes,
and the oil of gladness to replace their sorrow,
and clothes of praise to replace their spirit of sadness.
Then they will be called Trees of Goodness,
trees planted by the Lord to show his greatness.”
The ‘ashes’ portrays the picture of deep anguish, sadness sorrow. The oil, crown, and clothes portray the anticipation of festival, joy, and rejoicings. They would become like trees of goodness planted by the LORD to show his greatness. God replaced the sadness, fear, and sorrow of His servant David with crown and joy. He became an example of what great things God would do for a man who would trust Him. We still enjoy the fruit of the tree of goodness planted by the LORD. David was the fruit tree planted to show God’s greatness down through the centuries. This is what you can also expect when you pray, lean, trust, and wait on the Lord with focused eyes on Him.
“Father in heaven, thank you for your counsel that said weeping may stay the night, but joy comes in the morning. You said you will replace our ashes and sorrows with your crown and goodness and we will praise your greatness. I believe, pray, trust and wait upon you, Lord. I accept Jesus as my savior and Lord because he died, buried and rose again for my sins and shortcomings. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”