By: Dev Menon
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
In the psalms – the night is often described as a time of terror, and of great uncertainty. Indeed every night when I now go to bed, the ringing is most prominent. And sometimes I fear that I will never get to sleep – and that fear on its own keeps me wide awake and in a state of ‘terror’.
This is the pattern that the Lord God set up for us from day 1 in Genesis – first there is evening, then there is morning. There is always the time of darkness before the light shines. There is always death before resurrection. The time of terror before the time of rejoicing.
The night is always meant to be a time to hide away – rather than to be enjoyed (cf. Eph 5:11, etc). With the morning comes hope. With the morning comes the Lord’s promise 0f a renewed covenant love – it is indeed new every morning.
Now more than ever, at times of restless sleep, I look forward to the coming morning….
(Below is an excerpt from this article)
Today, think about this truth: Your “weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” Strong weeping is part of our life experience as sinners who live in a fallen world. But when God is our God then our mourning is not permanent. It is only “for the night.”
“Joy comes in the morning.”
Oh, my friend, listen to me. You may still be in that night of weeping, but there is joy coming. You must believe this. You must cling to this promise. After a long, dark night of sorrow and grief and loneliness and pain, God will find a way to restore your joy. It probably will not be in the way that you presently hope for since our hopes are often self-serving and idolatrous. But if you know Him as your Lord then your joy will be restored. And when it is restored it will be a deeper, more mature joy than you had before. Until then, you must cling to this God of joy. You must rest in Him alone. You must wait for your dark night to break forth in a sunrise of joy. Joy is coming. Look for it!
Let that be my hope…
“…until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet 1:11)