Psalm 30:5 … Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
I’m still stuck on this verse, because I think there is much we can learn from it! It’s one thing to know that joy comes in the morning, but we have to respond to that knowledge. We have to wake up! What good does it do to have joy available to us, if we don’t wake up and partake of it?
I enjoy sleeping (I truthfully don’t get to sleep that much anymore as a mom with small children). There are mornings I have every intention of waking up early, yet instead of jumping out of bed, I hit the snooze button a few (or ten) times J, then I drag myself out of bed. How many of us do that in our spiritual life? Instead of waking up and embracing the joy, we hit snooze a few more times, and stay asleep. We have to wake up excited, expecting the joy of the Lord to be there.
The first thing we have to awake to, is where our joy comes from. Psalm 121 tells us 1I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]–From whence shall my help come? 2My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber. 4Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand [the side not carrying a shield]. 6The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. 7The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. 8The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore What does this have to do with joy? This passage tells us that our help comes from the Lord. He lends us His strength, He helps us in times of trouble. When we are tempted to look at our situations and allow them to steal our joy, we need to instead lift up our eyes and realize that our help comes from Him. It also says in Nehemiah 8:10 And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
Wake up! Recognize that He is your help, begin to rejoice and His joy will be your strength!