Thursday, July 10, 2014

Joy Will Come in the Morning

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
The Bible says in Psalm 30:4-5,  "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." What a wonderful passage of scripture. But what does the term " cometh in the morning" signify? I must admit that there have been many mornings in my life that have been anything but joyous. We have all had bad days. I heard one preacher many years ago say that there were days when he didn't even feel like a Christian when he awoke in the morning. But the scripture does say, " cometh in the morning."

When I recollect over the last 49 plus years that I have been a Christian, I have seen some trouble. I recently have thought back over my life and other than some exceptionally good church services, life has been neither good nor bad. I just turned 73 years old and maybe in my ruminations I am philosophizing a bit. But as my wife and I have talked together about life's events it seems that there has been an equal amount of mourning as there has been rejoicing. But then the Lord Jesus did say in the Beatitudes, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (See  Matthew 5:4)  We have, as many, seen some of our children turn away from the manner in which they were brought up. We have prayed that they would be saved in the day of the Lord's return. There will be, however, a generation that will be the very last to believe the Word of God and trust in the Lord to the saving of their soul.

I am reminded of a scripture found in Ezekiel 14:14, "Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD." And more to my point in Ezekiel 14:20, "Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness." Now I know that God, through the prophet Ezekiel, was speaking of Israel. And I further understand that we are not saved by any righteousness of our own. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast." If we are saved (and I pray that all who read this post will be) it will not be because we dressed a certain way or did certain things but because of the grace of the Lord Jesus.

However that may be, let me try to get to my point. When the Bible says, "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning," it seems evident that the Lord is speaking of heaven and hell issues. We may have to endure weeping in this life. We may indeed mourn for those who are not in the ark of safety, but joy will come in the morning! As a preacher of the gospel, I am continually burdened by the many souls who by choice or circumstance will never come to know the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says of the saved of all the earth in Revelation 7:14b-17,  "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." And again in  Revelation 21:3-4 "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." 

Someone has written a song entitled "What a Day That Will Be,' the chorus that goes something like this,
     What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
     When I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace.
     When He takes me by the hand and leads me through the promised land,
     What a day, glorious day that will be.
Oh friend of mine, if you have only known trouble and sorrow in your life, the Bible says, "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." If you have never known this hope, let me encourage you to put your trust in the Lord Jesus. If you have never done so, repent of your sins today, find someone to baptize you in the wonderful and saving name of the Lord Jesus Christ to have your sins forgiven. God has promised to give you the gift of the Holy Ghost just as He gave the early church on the Day of Pentecost. (See Acts 2:1-4 and Acts 2:38)


  1. Thank God for hope beyond this life. This makes me think of the following passage:

    Job 5:6-11
    Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
    I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number: Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields: To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

  2. Thank you Rachel for your comment. I thought of using that scripture. Another thing the Apostle Paul said in 1st Corinthians 15:19 "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." But because Jesus rose from the dead our hope is well founded.