A Joyful Morning

By on April 2, 2012

“I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:1-5

David was a sinful man, and he knew that. He recognized the seriousness of trials he’d been through, including the trials that he himself created, and he knew in the depths of his heart that it was God himself that delivered him from the very lowest places he ever experienced. He also recognized that God saved him from even lower places. I’m certainly no David, but I know that I’m a sinful woman, and I am so very in touch with my own trials. And I know that it was God that saved me, and spared me, and it is Him that praise.

The Bible tells us that David wrote this psalm for the “dedication of the temple” and although Psalm 30 isn’t considered a Messianic psalm, officially, I can’t help but think of that first, joyful Easter morning when I read David’s words. Here David is praising God for bringing him “up from the grave” and sparing him from “going down into the pit”. Isn’t that exactly why Jesus went to the cross?  Isn’t that exactly what Jesus did for all of us that Easter? HE rose from the grave, so that we could also rise. HE went down into the pit, so that we would never have to. Jesus IS the temple that was rebuilt that first Easter morning, so what better way to recognize that fact than to remember the words of David in his dedication of the temple. Today we remember and celebrate the dedication of the Temple – Jesus himself.

Are you feeling as though you are experiencing God’s anger these days? Some days I cry out to God, asking what I’ve done wrong – what I’ve done to deserve my trials – you know, “why is this happening to me?” I lose sight of the goodness of God, and the great eternal salvation that He has already given me. I’m selfish, foolish and lacking in faith – so very human, and so very fallen. Do I weep? Oh yes – and not so delicately either. But I read David’s words, and God’s promises, and HE tells me that rejoicing comes in the morning. So I hang on.

Let me reassure you. Rejoicing does come in the morning! And this Easter morning, let us all rejoice together! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Lord, thank you for giving me the promises of eternal life. Thank you for the loving, selfless sacrifice of Christ. Thank you for knowing, from the foundation of the world, how desperately we need you, and for providing a new life for us. Thank you for walking with us through our trials – even when we’re the ones who put us there, and for your unending love that saves us from the pit. Thank you for the promise of the night ending, and the joy of the morning. Bless me today, Lord, and warm me in the light of your love, and hear my songs of joy and praise that I sing for you. Help me to cast off the grave, and to rejoice in the morning. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Copyright ConnieD. 2012. All rights reserved.

Originally posted on ProChristianWoman.

About Connie Dudley

Connie Dudley is new to blogging. She is an attorney by trade, but has always wanted to write, and write in a way that brings a little joy (and salt and light) into the lives of her readers. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Robert, who is a recent cancer survivor - an experience which has changed her life.

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A Joyful Morning