“For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” vs. 5
The psalmist has had a near death experience and wants everyone to know his triumphant story. We don’t know what had happened, perhaps it was a serious illness, but he had prayed to the Lord for deliverance–and his prayers had been heard. And now his praise is effusive. He wants everyone to know that, in spite of periodic setbacks, God’s love is for a lifetime. And if there are nights when tears slip from our eyes, we can expect that in the morning our joy will be restored. It’s good for us to hear testimony like this from scripture, even if we don’t feel like joining in the refrain. It just doesn’t hurt, even in a world where the morning news is regularly depressing, to know that ultimately God’s favor will have the last word. Even when death is stalking us in the evening, new life is on the way and joy will be there in the morning. And that’s not just for some, that’s the good news for all people. When we are able to receive these words into our hearts and find faith to trust that they are true, hope will be our companion in daily living and we will be lifted up. And maybe, like the psalmist, we’ll have occasion to share our good news with others–it’s the wondrous message of spring and we’re meant to pass it on.
Thought for the Day: What’s my deliverance story?