Summary: I preached this message on August 28th 2008 at a funeral for one of my members who was killed tragically in a car accident by a drunk driver on August 19th 2008 .This is in memory of Fred C Jackson
“Joy Is Coming In The Morning”
SCRIPTURE: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5
Have you ever felt like crying? There are times in every life when each of us feels like crying. Crying is universal. Everyone cries. Babies cry and adults cry. No matter what sex, race or nationality we happen to be, we cry. Usually our tears represent the condition of our spirit at the time. When our spirit is full, one-way or the other, we cry.
Sometimes we cry when we are sad. Death, sickness, failure, and disappointment are powerful emotions that control our spirit and move us to cry. David wept over the sickness of his son. Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. It is not unusual for us to weep in times of trouble or despair; it is a way of emptying our soul.
Sometimes we cry when we are happy. We cry at weddings, reunions, graduations and special ceremonies marking academic achievements. If we watch a movie that has a happy and sentimental ending, the tears flow like a river. They are tears of joy. These are moments when we are so happy that we cannot contain ourselves.
Sometimes we cry for no apparent reason. Consider this there was a story about a little boy who would not stop crying. No matter what his mother did, he would always cry. So one day this lady next door after hearing the baby cry thought she knew the answer to the problem and assured the mother that she could stop her son from crying. So, the mother took him to the neighbor kicking and crying. The neighbor tried many of her “stop the child from crying” methods but to no avail the neighbor couldn’t get this baby to stop crying. Finally, the neighbor asked, “Would you like to eat something?” The child’s crying dwindled to a whisper. “Yes Ma’am” he sniffled. “I want some worms.” The neighbor was hopeful so she went into the yard and dug a cupful of baits and brought them to the boy. She said, "Here they are." The boy sniffled, "I want them fried." Since his sniffles were less and her plan seemed to be working, the neighbor ran into the house and fried the worms. When she presented them the boy said he only wanted one. There was only one sniffle now, so the neighbor picked one worm out of the plate and presented it to the boy. Then the boy sniffed once and said, "I only want half and you eat the other half." The neighbor reluctantly swallowed one half and gave the other to the little boy. Then the boy fell on the floor and started crying louder than ever before. The neighbor said, “What’s wrong. I dug up the baits. I fried them for you. I selected one for you. I cut it in half and even ate half for you. What’s wrong?” The little boy said, "You ate my half!"- There are times when nothing we do will stop us from crying.
Though everyone cries, there is a day coming when crying days will be over. There is a day coming when weeping and lamentations will end. There is a day coming when sadness, sickness and death will no longer exist. After getting a Panoramic View of the Holy City the New Jerusalem as it came down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.in Revelation chapter 21 verses 2- 4 The Apostle John heard a loud voice from heaven saying,” Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them,and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”and this is the verse I like because John also heard this - “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;there shall be no more death,nor sorrow,nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. .”
As Christians, we look forward to that day with great hope. When it finally comes, the joy that will accompany its arrival will overshadow whatever sadness we have experienced in this life to the point that we will share David’s testimony that, “Weeping endureth but a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
As we look at our text it focuses on David as he explains the transient nature of weeping and the eminent approach of joy in the aftermath of difficult times.
This psalm was used in liturgical services many years after David’s death. At the time of its writing, theologians believe that the song was a Testament to David’s joy in having overcome difficulties of his own personal failure. The occasion of the psalm is believed to be the dedication of a palace that David built for himself shortly after becoming king. After being confirmed by the elders of both Israel and Judah, David was anointed king over all Israel, and sought out a new seat of government. He chose a Jebusite fortress, "the stronghold," on the hill of Zion and made it Israel’s capital, and established here his residence, and afterwards built for himself a palace by the aid of Tyrian tradesmen.