Psalm 30

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.

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