A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the house of David.
1 I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.
3 O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
6 Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”
7 LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried out to You, O LORD; and to the LORD I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Now, I am not typically a morning person, but verse 5, “His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” almost makes me downright giddy for them. It reminds me of a very similar passage in Lamentations where Jeremiah writes about how God’s mercies and compassion are renewed with each morning. This makes a fresh cup of coffee only the second best thing about morning. Take a moment and think about where you would be if God were the type to hold a grudge rather than forgive. Now take another moment and think about if there is a grudge that you need to let go of. Jesus taught that if you are stingy with your forgiveness, God will answer in kind with His forgiveness of you. So take a tip from Disney’s Frozen and “Let It Go”. Join me for a cup of mercy as we let God turn our mornings into dancing.