Thursday, May 12, 2011

Joy Cometh in the Morning

 4Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
 5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Joy Cometh in the Morning

Does God get angry? Yes, He does. Is His anger righteous; of course. One has only to step out the door each morning, and observe the life of the people of the world to understand God's right to be angry! Unfortunately, we often do not even get out the door before this is true! We have a tendency to overlook sin, even categorizing it so that some sin is really not all that bad--even justified. 

We do not understand the utter holiness and purity of our God who knows no sin, indeed, who cannot even look upon sin! Is there no hope for us, who are so polluted and immersed in sin? Yes! Through the Lord Jesus Christ, and His death upon the cross, Jesus has literally purchased a people for Himself. Simply by going to Him, acknowledging our own unworthiness, and pleading for His hope and salvation, we are changed from people of the world to saints of God!

How amazing is that? Let us do as the psalmist encourages us to do, and sing unto the LORD, and give thanks as we remember His holiness. 

In perspective, God's anger at sin endures for only a moment; in the light of eternity, this world, from the beginning to the end of time only endures for a moment! Life is, at its best, a mixed blessing; one does not have to live long to experience sickness, catastrophes, and discouragement. Even those things we consider blessings, such as old age, are just a mixture of good days and bad days, with bad days occurring more and more frequently in our latter years.

As a Christian, however, we know that weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. What a beautiful thought! Let us, by the grace of God, lift up our hearts and minds to the heavens, and live in the joy of Christ. In Christ we have a joy with no bitterness or emptiness attached, but rather, the unadulterated, pure, and holy joy of God!

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

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