Psalm 30:5 (New International Version)
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
In summer in Copenhagen they start their fireworks at 1am. That’s the darkest time of night. It is often coldest (just) before dawn, but not darkest.
Ps 30:5 does not address exactly when the darkest hour is but rather stresses that the dark will be followed by the light as day follows night. Moreover, the dark is transient, the light enduring: “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning”.
How is weeping changed to joy? The answer is found in the first part of the verse. Sin – the object of God’s anger – is the cause. Grace – God’s favour – is the solution. In big picture terms, God has dealt with the origin of our tears through the death of his son.
God’s answer is better than our questions, God’s solution better than our problem. If you are weeping now, take comfort: the dawn of the everlasting day is coming.