Morning Joy

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Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
 
The clock in our house chimes the hours and then gives a single chime on the half hour. Imagine that you’re sick, just not feeling well at all, and you can’t sleep. You wake up to the half hour chime, but that really doesn’t tell you anything. It’s pitch dark outside so you can’t tell the time. You wish it were close to morning, but who knows?  How long will it take to get to the full hour when you can hear the chimes tell the time?  Thirty minutes.
 
But does it feel like thirty minutes as you’re there in bed waiting? No, it feels like an eternity plus thirty minutes.  You’re sure the clock has broken, the batteries have died, and time has stopped. If only it would hurry up and get to morning!
 
David who wrote Psalm 30 must have had that sort of night of waiting. We don’t know the exact difficulty he had, but we can all supply one of our own. You might be in the middle of a long, dark night right now. It’s certainly more than one night long. It’s been beyond one calendar page or a whole year’s worth of pages. Weeping continues throughout the length of our night.
 
But there is one certainty. The clock is moving. Though you think it must be broken, the clock is running and it will chime. It will finally be 4:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m. and then morning. Morning will come because it has to.
 
When God tells us Psalm 30:5, he gives us the same solid promise. Weeping endures through the night and the night is amazingly long, it seems. But there must be a morning and joy with it. God can’t say this to others and leave us out.  So we can pray for the patience to go through this long night but also for the faith that trusts a new morning and joy with it will come.
 
Dear Father in heaven, it’s been a long dark night at times.  But you promised that a brighter morning with joy would come.  Keep me trusting your promises even in the darkest times. Bring the brighter morning and the joy that comes with it, just as you promised. When that morning joy comes, remind me that it is all due to your kindness. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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