JOY IN THE MORNING
Joy In The Morning
Sing to the Lord, O you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
6 As for me, in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 By Your favor, O Lord, You have established me as a strong mountain; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to You, O Lord, and to the Lord I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit (the grave)? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth and faithfulness to men?
10 Hear, O Lord, have mercy and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!
11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Several years ago I wrote about this Psalm and what it had spoken to me and now again after talking with several friends about reaching out for healing and the Joy of the Lord in their lives. A thought came to me not realizing that came from this passage of David’s writing in the Psalms, I decided maybe there was yet some things I needed to put down on paper.
It began with, The spirit of death could only come in the midnight hour because he could not allow the light of day to betray him. He brought weeping only for that hour because in the hours of 3to 4 Am the birthing of the new day begins and a life, that he that death spirit, had not touched that life was becoming alive with rising of the new day in the western sky.
In the time that this was written, the coming of the death angel to all of Israel and Egypt and those not prepared for him from what God had spoken through the prophet and the word given all the land. The anger of the Lord was given to all those who would not serve him from the least in Egypt to the noblest in Israel who wouldn’t obey his word. You see the word of God is his covenant with us for our deliverance for anything that Satan can throw against us in that midnight hour. When you are in that cleft of the rock that Moses was in there is awareness of when midnight comes or the worst of any night that may come . God’s hand is there at the entry way to the cleft and only what he allows can enter in.
I worked for some time both as an armed and unarmed sentry and walked a lot of midnight tours protecting some very costly material. Two of the buildings I went through each night were in area larger than a foot ball field and all metal. On the stormy nights the metal in the buildings made more noisy than the largest crowd in any stand could make. The only lights were the night security and they were dim at the best. When the wind in the storms was quite high the buildings shook and the lights cast shadows that were not to be believed.
Many of the nights I thought seriously of just walking away but I stayed with it thinking often of Jesus in the boat in that storm on the lake. He did nothing to avoid the storm but went to the head of the boat and spoke with authority in the face of the storm. After that each night became easier.
Read the last four verses above and see if you can understand what David meant about JOY IN THE MORNING.
When the first lights of new day become evident yes there is a Joy that only the savior can bring.