Scripture: Psalm 30:5 For (God’s) anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Observation: The description of Psalm 30 says “Thanksgiving for recovery from grave illness”. Hard times are… hard. Everyone has them, there are no exceptions. Even David, God’s favored one, went through seasons of difficulty and heartbreak. The imagery of struggle as “the night” and joy “the morning” might lead us to believe hard times only last a few hours, but we know that’s not true.
Application: Psalm 30:4 “For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.” However long hardships last, even if they last an entire lifetime, are brief in the scope of eternity. I’m trying to remember that this morning.
My step-father is in rapidly declining health. He has a degenerative muscular disease that has been wearing him down for several years now. I’m not sure how long it will continue, but the notion of sorrows lingering only “for the night” seems like a cruel joke. It’s a hard thing to witness, particularly when I remember him as such a strong, vibrant man in my youth.
That said, I know there is joy awaiting him in the next life with the Lord Jesus. He will no longer be in pain. He’ll no longer suffer. He will be restored. For eternity. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
Prayer: Lord give us strength to endure the lingering night of suffering that we might see the dawn. Amen.