Psalm 30:5

Psalm 30

 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.




3 thoughts on “Psalm 30:5

  1. Thank you Helen and Roger. I remember as a new Christian how many tears I shed. Not only because I understood what Jesus did for me on the cross but also because of the state of this broken works we live in. Especially in Church the tears would flow and nothing I could do to stop them, so I learned to embrace them. I took it upon myself to place small packets of tissues on the pews throughout the church. Weeping is part of being a Christian and church should be the safest place where we can weep openly without worrying about what others may be thinking about our tears. Something very special happens when the tears flow and another brother / sister stands along side you and points you to Jesus. May we not be afraid to allow our tears to flow not only for this broken world but thankful tears for all that Jesus has done for us.

    Psalm 56:8
    You keep track of all my sorrows
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle
    You have recorded each one in your book

  2. Thank you Helen and Roger. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day trials of life and forget to look around. Thank you for the reminder to stay focused on the dawn of the everlasting day. Thank you Jesus.

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