By: Tim Sader
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Every week as I write these studies I am amazed at how God leads me in what to say. Sunday was another beautiful day so I was seeking the Lord in my favorite spot out back and suddenly I heard the words in my spirit, joy comes in the morning. Now I was pretty certain that was a scripture but had really only heard it in the lyrics of a Kurt Franklin song. Anyways I went to the word and found Psalm 30:5 but still felt a bit uncertain about it. Then today I was doing a devotional by Joel Osteen and the scripture he used was a section from Psalm 30:5. I could not have possibly known on Monday morning I would receive a devotional from another ministry with the exact same scripture reference. Needless to say that was the conformation I needed to use this scripture. Psalm 30:5 is a fairly complex sentence and notice it is broken into four separate pieces but exposes so much of the Fathers will for his children. Seeing each piece separate should help us understand this verse as a whole and watch it at work in our lives. The Lord wishes no evil onto anyone; he wishes all would come to him and receive the wonderful gifts of the spirit and the refuge of peace only He can give (Luke 11:13).
The first part of the scripture says, “For his anger endureth but a moment;” so the Lords anger does not last forever. The Lord is angry many times throughout scripture but each time he poured out his wrath on the earth and his people they were vindicated or delivered in some way. As we discussed last week the Lord often made covenants with the people as a symbol of man’s relationship with God. When these were broken it often provoked the Lord’s anger but the people would always be delivered when they once again turned to Him. As believers in Christ God is our heavenly Father and we are his children. Colossians 3:21 says, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” The Lord also by being angry may provoke His children to anger so if He is our Father and knows how to give good gifts then He would not provoke us to anger. His anger endureth but a moment so we will not become discouraged. The Lords anger may not always be towards those who believe, but to those who do not or should believe and still doubt. An example of this can be found in Mark 3:5. Because of the Lords anger towards the religious sect and their hard hearts Jesus had compassion on the man with the withered hand and healed him. Jesus showed his anger toward the Pharisees but his anger did not endure when he saw the need of the man and restored his hand.
Mark 3:5 brings us to the second point in today’s scripture, “in his favor is life.” The Lords anger did not last because this man moved Jesus with compassion and found favor in his sight. Christ then restored his hand, in essence bringing it back to life just as the other hand so in his favor is life. In Esther 7:3 the queen, if she found favor in the kings sight offered her life as a petition for her people, so in his favor was her life. She knew that favor is life and was given back her people for that life. Favor and life go hand and hand so if we are in his favor we should be living the life he wants us to have (Proverbs 8:35). How can we be in the Lords favor? To find favor and have understanding we must always walk in mercy and truth (Proverbs 3:3-4). We see also that good understanding gives us favor but perhaps this could mean understanding good brings favor (Proverbs 13:15). This scripture reveals both insight on receiving favor but also how to miss out on it. The way of the transgressors is hard simply means if we’re choosing a sinful life we will have a hard time finding his favor. Proverbs 12:2 gives a condition on receiving favor it says, “A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.” If we want the Lords favor we must be careful to be doing it for the right reasons and not thinking we can accomplish anything out of wickedness. We must walk a fine line to be in His favor but in it is life and He promises us life in abundance when we chose to follow Christ.
The next part of today’s scripture says, “weeping may endure for a night,” this means it will end at some point. Weeping is usually caused by extreme sorrow or sadness and is not enjoyable at the time. When we weep we are literally pouring our hearts out to God and this touches his heart with compassion for our human insufficiencies. Psalm 6:8 says, “Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.” When the Lord hears us weeping He becomes our advocate and takes action on our behalf. That way we can stop our weeping and dry our eyes because he responds helps make it better. Because our weeping the Lord decides to reward us for our work in which we are broken over. The Lord rewards us when we make a sincere effort to reach our desired outcome. Weeping is a way of expressing ourselves sincerely to God when we do so he knows our heart is in it. In Joel 2:12 is a list of ways to sincerely turn to God, weeping is in this list because it shows we are putting our heart into it. In John 11 we find the story of Lazarus. Jesus saw all of Lazarus’s loved ones weeping over his passing. This troubled Jesus in His spirit and he was so moved with compassion it He wept. When we are hurt God hurts with us, when we are broken to the point of weeping His spirit is troubled and makes Him act on our behalf. Jesus of course was so moved by the peoples sadness He raised Lazarus from the dead, acting based on their weeping.
This brought joy to all who were weeping over Lazarus being dead; the weeping was replaced with joy. Just as in the final part of today’s scripture says, “but joy cometh in the morning.” The exact time frame of night and morning in this scripture is not so important; however we should see that the weeping for a season will be replaced with joy when we belong to the Lord. He does not wish for us to remain in a broken state weeping and crying, he wants us happy so rejoice with us (Isaiah 65:19). Jesus tells the disciples in John 16:16, “A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.” This statement truly baffled them and left them with all kinds of unanswered questions. He leaves them puzzled for a time then in John 16:20 he says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” Jesus knew what was about to happen to him and knew it would make the disciples sad for a moment but when Christ was raised from the dead their sorrow was turned to joy. Just believing Christ was born as a man and raised from the dead should bring us all joy. The news of Christ’s birth and his later sacrifice would be reason for all people to have joy, especially all who believe in him (Luke 2:10). All we have to do as Christians is ask and receive because God wants us to feel joy in Christ (John 16:24).
When we do things wrong it can make the Lord unhappy or even angry but we can rest assured it will only last a moment. It will not last because if we are saved we have found favor, which is life as only God can give. When we are sad and weeping He cries with us because He deeply cares for each of us and only desires the best gifts for His children. He sent us his Holly Spirit to comfort us in those times of sadness and when he is in control the weeping will not last but will soon be joy. We should not grieve long because the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Joy to the WORLD the LORD has come let Earth receive her KING!