Psalm 30:4 & 5

Psalm 30:4, 5 – Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
This is such a great passage of scripture because it details the greatness of God’s love for His children.  First, David tells us, God’s anger “is but for a moment.”  What a great truth so easily overlooked in our world of selfishness.  While man holds grudges and seeks revenge on those who have wronged him, the God of all creation desires to show mercy, grace, and forgiveness.  While God’s anger is always justified, He does not delight in it.  He is not an angry cosmic killjoy sitting upon the throne waiting for the tiniest of offenses so He can exercise justice. If that were the case, the world would have ended long ago.  The Bible clearly teaches us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)
Secondly, David encourages himself in the truth suffering is always temporary!  He states, “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”  We’ve all experienced times of suffering we believed would never end. You may be in the midst of suffering and pain right now.  We have no control over the night and the day, but the omnipotent God of creation set into motion the laws of nature and physics and He can interrupt them at any given moment.  He controls when the sun rises and when the sunsets.  He is both God of the day and of the night.  No matter what we are facing, He is there with us, walks beside us, and will comfort us through the night (Psalm 23:4).  Your Father knows your pain and He delights in your deliverance (Psalm 23:5).  God sees your tears during the night and He he has provided His deliverance in the morning!

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