Joy Comes with the Morning 30 A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of r the temple. 1 I will s extol you, O Lord , for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes t rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I u cried to you for help, and you have v healed me. 3 O Lord , you have brought up my soul from w Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who x go down to the pit. 1 4 Sing praises to the Lord , O you y his saints, and z give thanks to his holy name. 1 5 a For his anger is but for a moment, and b his favor is for a lifetime. 1 c Weeping may tarry for the night, but d joy comes with the morning. 6 As for me, I said in my e prosperity, “I shall never be f moved.” 7 By your favor, O Lord , you made my g mountain stand strong; you h hid your face; I was i dismayed. 8 To you, O Lord , I cry, and j to the Lord I plead for mercy: 9 “What profit is there in my death, 1 if I go down to the pit? 2 Will k the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? 10 l Hear, O Lord , and be merciful to me! O Lord , be my helper!” 11 You have turned for me my mourning into m dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 that my n glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
30 1 מִזְמ֡וֹר שִׁיר ־ חֲנֻכַּ֖ת הַבַּ֣יִת לְדָוִֽד ׃ 2 אֲרוֹמִמְךָ֣ יְ֭הוָה כִּ֣י דִלִּיתָ֑נִי וְלֹא ־ שִׂמַּ֖חְתָּ אֹיְבַ֣י לִֽי ׃ 3 יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהָ֑י שִׁוַּ֥עְתִּי אֵ֝לֶ֗יךָ וַתִּרְפָּאֵֽנִי ׃ 4 יְֽהוָ֗ה הֶֽעֱלִ֣יתָ מִן ־ שְׁא֣וֹל נַפְשִׁ֑י חִ֝יִּיתַ֗נִי מיורדי 1 ־ בֽוֹר ׃ 5 זַמְּר֣וּ לַיהוָ֣ה חֲסִידָ֑יו וְ֝הוֹד֗וּ לְזֵ֣כֶר קָדְשֽׁוֹ ׃ 6 כִּ֤י רֶ֨גַע ׀ בְּאַפּוֹ֮ חַיִּ֪ים בִּרְצ֫וֹנ֥וֹ בָּ֭עֶרֶב יָלִ֥ין בֶּ֗כִי וְלַבֹּ֥קֶר רִנָּֽה ׃ 7 וַ֭אֲנִי אָמַ֣רְתִּי בְשַׁלְוִ֑י בַּל ־ אֶמּ֥וֹט לְעוֹלָֽם ׃ 8 יְֽהוָ֗ה בִּרְצוֹנְךָ֮ הֶעֱמַ֪דְתָּה לְֽהַרְרִ֫י עֹ֥ז הִסְתַּ֥רְתָּ פָנֶ֗יךָ הָיִ֥יתִי נִבְהָֽל ׃ 9 אֵלֶ֣יךָ יְהוָ֣ה אֶקְרָ֑א וְאֶל ־ אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י אֶתְחַנָּֽן ׃ 10 מַה ־ בֶּ֥צַע בְּדָמִי֮ בְּרִדְתִּ֪י אֶ֫ל ־ שָׁ֥חַת הֲיוֹדְךָ֥ עָפָ֑ר הֲיַגִּ֥יד אֲמִתֶּֽךָ ׃ 11 שְׁמַע ־ יְהוָ֥ה וְחָנֵּ֑נִי יְ֝הוָה 1 הֱֽיֵה ־ עֹזֵ֥ר לִֽי ׃ 12 הָפַ֣כְתָּ מִסְפְּדִי֮ לְמָח֪וֹל לִ֥י פִּתַּ֥חְתָּ שַׂקִּ֑י וַֽתְּאַזְּרֵ֥נִי שִׂמְחָֽה ׃ 13 לְמַ֤עַן ׀ יְזַמֶּרְךָ֣ כָ֭בוֹד וְלֹ֣א יִדֹּ֑ם יְהוָ֥ה אֱ֝לֹהַ֗י לְעוֹלָ֥ם אוֹדֶֽךָּ ׃
You have turned my mourning into dancing Intro The superscription, cf 2 Samuel 5.11 or 2 Samuel 6.9,14. the Psalm has two poles it flicks between; life and praising, and death and weeping cf Hezekiah Isaiah 38.9-20 1. Weeping might stay for the night, but joy comes with the morning (v1-5) v1 like pulling a bucket up from a well David knew this so well from his own life v5 a big BUT. We need to be fluent at playing the BUT card. God's glory . He turns wailing into dancing for joy! 2. O LORD, be my helper! (v6-10) easy circumstances rarely far from complacency v9 what glory will God have from this? But it's not ours to answer. And cf John 12.27f . FCF . Complacency in prosperity (v6); terrible weeping and anxiety as death approaches. H1. Pride in prosperity, plans, success. H2. Religious pride in having everything sewn up in a nice tidy system; which leads actually to self-reliance, tribalism, and complacency with certain kinds of sin. Note that this self-righteousness stops us from singing and giving thanks constantly to God, since its eyes are not always on God but on self and on tribe. 3. I will give you thanks forever! (v11-12) Every breath is given from God, and our life itself is for his glory (cf previous Psalm) It's ok if you struggle to feel or express this joy. But you mustn't try to stop others from feeling or expressing it. It's not that it's 'not British', but just that there's a distinctly British way to express joy. cf regulative principle. Person of Jesus . He comes, proclaiming and showing the 'favour for life' of God. Promising the change from weeping to joy; blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Work of Jesus. He himself becomes the weeping one, standing looking at Jerusalem. He becomes the one who cries out to the Father and is not helped, but goes down to the pit. His foes rejoice over him. The Father's face was hidden, and he was deeply disturbed. And God raised him to life, a new creation, so that all those who trust him would know eternal favour and gladness. Union with Jesus . Already now I have the confidence of mourning turned to dancing, of sackcloth turned to gladness [why did Bach always end pieces on a major chord]. We always have something to sing about. Invitation . Come and trust him, in times of weakness and weeping, that he will be your helper. Confrontation . Stop trusting in self, or in system, to be your helper. Trust in God. Consolation . Those who weep and mourn will one day dance for joy. Wrap-up : Since Jesus has passed through weeping and death into life, we have certainty that our mourning will turn to dancing. 'I AM making everything new!'