When God Turns Mourning into Joy

Read Psalm 30

Covid-19 and a host of other societal changes has radically changed the world in which we live. As circumstances played out this year, I was deprived of the privilege of preaching Easter Sunday, but for all of us who have trusted in Christ, everyday is an Easter celebration for he has turned our mourning into dancing. Even in the midst of a pandemic we remain an Easter-people. We live in the presence of the future. We live in the hope of the resurrection.

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For his anger is but for a moment,
      and his favor is for a lifetime.
  Weeping may tarry for the night,
      but joy comes with the morning.
. . .
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
       you have loosed my sackcloth
       and girded me with gladness.

Psalm 30:5, 11 (ESV)

What Mercy is This?

What grace and mercy is this?
That our God would exchange anger for favor!
That I, a deserving rebel should have favor with the Sovereign Lord
The very One who in my place suffered scorn and death.
That He, brutally treated and I, be sent away free!
The surprises and kindness of God are deep and full.
Turning mourning to dancing

And the black clothes of death to the colors of gladness and joy.
Truly, weeping may tarry for a night;
But joy arrives on resurrection morning.

Go to Psalm 31

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