Hang on; joy’s on the way – Psalm 30

Life was at one of it’s most bleak points, with serious illness in the family, financial difficulties I couldn’t see my way past, and I was exhausted beyond words. I cried out to God one evening, and the words came right back to me, “Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

I heard the letterbox rattle the next morning, and fully expected some remarkable answer to come through it. It was a holiday postcard from a woman named Joy, who I’d only met once, and had exchanged Christmas cards with. No answers. Was this God’s idea of a joke – the ‘Joy’ coming in the morning? Looking back, I can see it was a wonderful promise that the misery would not last for ever; but at the time, I didn’t want a promise, I wanted change, answers, solutions.

There are times we experience remarkable liftings, healings and sparings, like David in Psalm 30 verses 1-3, and to these we testify, and praise God with gusto. But sometimes we have to hang on, in faith, and believe that joy will come, that sorrow will be replaced with dancing, that we will sing again.

Yesterday, in an English mid-January, I noticed a single rose blossoming on dead-looking branches. That is the dogged resilience we need. But it’s only ever developed in times of difficulty. And you know you’ve got it when you can say, “O Lord my God, I will give you thanks FOR EVER.” No matter what.


About widemargin

Retired special needs teacher. Mother, grandmother, widowed after nearly 43 years of happy marriage. So glad I have my Lord Jesus to help me through every day. My aim is to hear what God is speaking for me, this day, this moment, through what I read in his Word, together with the experiences of everyday life. He's the best teacher!
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2 Responses to Hang on; joy’s on the way – Psalm 30

  1. Susan Taylor says:

    Thanks so much for this Jeannette. Funnily enough I have been pondering over psalm 30 over the last few days. I was reading from one particular version which says in verse 1-3 I will exalt you Lord for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O lord I cried to you for help and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O lord you kept me from falling into the pit of death. NLT

    It is such a comfort to me that He is the Most High God and that He refuses to let our enemies triumph over us – that we can hide under the shadow of his wing as psalm 91 says.

    I love your handwritten notes in the margin – helps me to unpack it all a bit more – great thoughts to help me start the day!


  2. widemargin says:

    I love that thought – God is actively fending off our enemies. I love it in the films when the goody comes back with just the right retort to put the baddy in his/her place. God’s got your back! He knows how to put our enemies down. He hasn’t just got the last word, he IS the last word – Alpha and Omega. Thanks for that Susan. 🙂

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