Scripture: Psalm 30
Key verse: (5) “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
Reflection: In a previous church I served, there was a Sunday morning communion service held each week before the regular worship services. We used the verse above as the Call to Worship. I would look out at the faces of people and inevitably know one or more who were struggling. Some mornings there were a lot of weeping people in the room who hadn’t found joy. Yet, morning was a welcome relief. The worries and fears that wake us up at 2 a.m. fade when the sunrise lifts the darkness. Even when we feel far away from joy, the light of day gives us hope. Even though healing may elude us, weeping stops in the morning.
Psalm 30 is the kind of song sung after the suffering has passed. It is a psalm of thanksgiving offered when everything turns out alright. But, it also invites us to hold on a little longer in hope knowing that the God who offers joy is also the one who will walk with us through our deepest valleys. Your struggles may not be going away anytime soon, but they will one day. In the meantime, there is something about verse 5 that encourages us to remember that God is with us and that the joy we find in God’s presence will sustain us. If you are struggling, you might not be able to see that now. Joy might seem impossible. Keep crying out to the LORD. God will not abandon you despite how you feel. Cling to hope. Remember God’s love . . . and wait.
“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” May your morning dawn soon.
Prayer: O LORD, in times of ease it is easy to forget how fragile we are and how much we need you. When we think we are strong enough to weather any storm, the events of life challenge us. In the middle of the night when we are filled with anxiety and fear, reassure us as we wait for the dawn and the hope of new life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].