Saturday: 15th September, 2018
Reference text: Psalm 30
Psalms 30:5b ‘weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning’.
The months I spent in quality assurance has made me a bit ‘too’ focused on detail. Thus, whenever I have the opportunity to, I tend to read between the lines in an attempt to perceive the actual intent or hidden meanings in statements. Whenever I take the word of God, I know with clarity that the position and order of every word, every punctuation as well as every tense of grammar, is used with a specific intention in mind.
The words of the Psalmist in today’s text falls among those that make me smile, but today; I treated that passage like a grammar teacher would and I was fascinated. ‘Weeping MAY endure for a night’ : another version rendered this ‘at night, we MAY cry’. The use of ‘may’ confirms the absence of certainty where ‘tears’ are mentioned.
However, the second part of this verse reads ‘but joy comes in the morning’ or as this alternate version put it ‘but shouts of joy WILL come in the morning’. Now that, is a promise and a surety! Beloved, God does not promise your tears, but he makes a clear statement that we may have moments when we do some crying. But the one thing He does certainly promise, is that after those tears, when you enter that new season called ‘Morning’, joy WILL COME.
My dear, the fleeting nature of suffering and tears, and the certainty of JOY coming from the Lord should give us the confidence to march on. Therefore, I don’t know if at this moment you find yourself in a position ‘where weeping seems to be staying overnight’. If that is you, this message is yours – ‘Joy WILL come in the morning’.
Remember # At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate.