Mourning to Dancing (Ps 30)
As we come to this psalm we find an oft-quoted verse, or at least partial verse:
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
We often use this phrase to encourage someone who’s having a hard time. And it’s indeed an encouraging notion. It is certainly not the only such phrase. There are lots of them in our modern vernacular. “Every dark cloud has a silver lining.” “Everyone needs a little rain in their life.” “things will get better. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.”
These are proverbial in nature, meaning they are sayings that can be relied on to be generally true. But the uses of this phrase in the Psalm is more than just a generally held proverb. It’s a principle the psalmist is deriving based on his personal experience. In fact, the writer is so certain that it is true, he offers it as principle reason to come before God and worship.
This is important to get into our heads and hearts lest we be swept away in our own cynicism, doubt, and despair when hard times come our way and we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. When the night never seems to end. How do you get this so embedded into your thinking that you’re ready when night comes? You worship with the Psalmist.