LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. – Psalm 30:2
Have you ever noticed how some people seem to be happy all the time? It seems as though they never have a bad day, never complain or ever feel like giving up. The truth is, no one is happy all of the time. Part of being in a world of sin is having a life filled with sin, enemies, retaliations, bitterness, gossip, and the list goes on. All these things affect us physically, mentally and spiritually.
The difference for those who are in a relationship with Jesus is an awareness amidst all of the difficulties of life, that our God will always take care of us. Even though our lives may be filled with all manner of trials and burdens, we know that while ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:5
It is easy, even for us as Christians, to become so immersed in the world in which we live, and in the everyday occurrences of life, to lose that confidence in God’s presence in our lives. How many times do the sufferings and trials of our lives seem to swallow us up so that we seem to have nowhere to turn for help?
God has blessed us with families, and often the dearest of friends, but there are times in life when even our families and friends do not seem to help us overcome the difficulties of life. That is where David found himself again and again until he remembered the Lord! When he turned his face to God he could say, I will praise and honour you, Oh God, for you lift me up!
Perhaps one of the greatest difficulties for believers today is that we have lost the realization that true joy is found in Christ alone. All of the pleasure we chance in this age will pass away, and though they may give momentary pleasure, they will certainly not give us lasting joy.
Let us, like the Psalmist, look to Jesus, for in Him alone is found joy, peace, and love. Only in Him will we have everlasting joy both in this life and in the life to come!
The Psalmist concludes this Psalm with these beautiful words. O, that we may also say:
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever. – Psalm 30:11-12