2nd June 2020

Joy Comes In the Morning

“For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)

Nights can be awful. And nights can be long. I read a story of a soldier from the Vietnam War who was on patrol in the Southeast Asian jungle and when night came it was nerve-wracking beyond description, but how he welcomed the morning.

Psychologically speaking, nights can be more painful for people. Especially in sickness, loss, depression, anxiety etc. There are very few children, and may I add some adults, who relish the night-time. Morning brings joy and new life.

When Jesus came light entered into the world, but evil men loved darkness (the night) rather than light (the morning). Why? The answer is in John 3:19: “And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because theirs deeds are evil.”

During the early part of King David’s life (who wrote the header scripture), everything seemed bleak for him. His enemies were many, including the national enemies of his people as well as personal enemies such as Saul. But through it all David continued to express confidence, hope and trust in God. When we take a closer look at our header scripture, we notice that trials are temporary like the darkness of night, but when morning comes, joy follows.

We always need to be mindful of this lesson in our daily lives, especially during times of crises. When Jesus was arrested it was night, even the disciples of Jesus thought it was all over. Then came the morning on the third day, it was the morning of joy. Jesus had risen from the dead! On that morning the women as well as the disciples could not refrain from expressing their joy.

When our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ returns and establishes His Father’s kingdom, there will be no night or weeping, there will be joy in the morning.

Prayer
Our loving heavenly Father, thank you for your loving-kindness and long-suffering towards mankind. Thank you that no matter what difficulty and pain we may go though in this life’s nights of weeping, that one day it will be replaced with joy in the morning. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church