A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 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.
No person is spared from some trips down into the valleys but God lifts us out of the depths. No one is immune from illness but God comes to our aid. Life has its share of pits but God directs our paths around them or lifts us out of them. We are constantly calling for help. And…God never ignores our cries.
Even when we sin…even when the consequences come…even when we experience God’s displeasure, it is only for a moment. Like a loving father, His discipline is quick and to the point. But…His favor…His favor is experienced during our entire lives.
Tears will come…for a time. But it is only for a time. Rejoicing follows closely behind. Be encouraged. Your night will soon be over. The sun is rising on your life. A time of joy is on the way. Rejoicing will come in the morning.
Father, I can’t see Your plan in the darkness. Stay by my side as I wait for the coming morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.