Joy Comes in the Morning

My life journal musings for today….

View from Long Bay in Alaska. A God that creates this kind of beauty can handle whatever comes up in our lives. "I will exalt you, O Lord"

Scripture:  Psalm 30:1-3. I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifeted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down to the pit.

OBSERVATION:  King David was a great man that loved God with all of his heart.  He was a great leader, a man of great compassion and a strong warrior. Still, David made a lot of mistakes, just like us.  He also had tough life experiences that were not his own choosing, but that were very hard to live with each day.  When these situations happened in his life,  (whether by his own actions or the actions of others)  David did not run from God – he ran to God! He prayed.  The Lord heard his cries and responded.

APPLICATION:  As I read this Psalm (and the II Samuel 24 reading ) I can relate to how faithful God is when we call out for help.  It feels awful to make mistakes and face the consequences of them.  It feels awful to realize that there are destructive paths that lead us into dark places where we don’t need or want to be.  The “enemies” of our lives today are different. They are the enemies of busyness, distraction, depression, addictions, rage, fear, over-indulgence….etc., etc.  The “grave” and the “pit” are those places where poor decisions create a life we don’t want.  Or maybe the “pit” is that situation that you want so much to get out of but it feels like you can’t.  Maybe the “grave” is the reality of a big disappointment, a lost job, a relationship gone bad, or an illness that is taking up more of your life than you expected.  That is the time to pray! That is when we stop trying to do it on our own and we ask God to help us.  God is faithful.  As the Psalm reads…”weeping may remain for the night, but joy comes in the morning!” Whatever your situation is – take it to God and know for certain that God is faithful. Prayer changes things.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for caring enough about me that you hear and respond when I call for your help.  Thank you for changing circumstances every day when we invite you into our lives. Your faithfulness is my strength every day! I love you.

YIELD:  Whatever comes up today, the Lord will be in it with me.

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