His Favor Lasts a Lifetime

September 30, 2013 | Tags: ,

Sing to Yahweh, you His faithful ones,
and praise His holy name.
For His anger lasts only a moment,
but His favor, a lifetime.
Weeping may spend the night,
but there is joy in the morning.

-Psalm 30:4-5

In comparison to our sorrows and our struggles, our times when we feel distant from the Lord–these last only a moment. But God’s favor upon us lasts a lifetime. I believe the psalmist is saying that when we look back, we see God’s favor far overshadow the times when He was disciplining us for our good. And even in the painful times when we needed God’s discipline because we were straying from His good and perfect will, we still can see the love of God through the training in righteousness.

We can sing to God and praise His holy name for His goodness in our lives, despite the weeping we have experienced. There is always joy in the morning when we live in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter what, He is good. No matter what, when we put our trust in Him and continue to obey His commands because we love Him, we will see that goodness, even in the times of weeping and sorrow. We see the favor of God and the joy of the Lord. That is the power of living the abundant life in Christ. Circumstances do not shake us, because we have an unshakable, eternal Rock upon which we stand. That Rock gives us the hope we desire and the peace we need to carrying through the weeping.

You may be in a time of weeping now or you may be in a time of rejoicing. Both can come in one day. Both can carry on for a season. No matter where you find yourself today, Jesus is with you. In the weeping and in the rejoicing. And He has a perfect plan for all of it, because His favor lasts a lifetime. Keep pressing forward today and don’t give up. He is good and His faithful love will surround those who call upon His name by faith. Bask in the love your Savior has for you today. There is joy in the morning.

By Courtney Silberman

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