Psalm 30:5 Joy Is Coming

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Everybody has times in which they go through weeping and sorrow that appears to last for days, weeks, months, or even years. It is a time of pain and sorrow that does not feel as if it will ever come to an end. During these times, many lose all hope, and some will even give up with no more desire to try and keep moving forward.

David realized that God’s anger lasts only a short time, but that His favor lasts for life. He also noted that there is a time for weeping in the night, but that joy will come in the morning.

Going through a difficult time is hard for any person. Often there is no light at the end of the tunnel that it will come to an end. The world is filled with enough trouble of its own and believers have all that trouble, plus when they mess up and God strikes to bring about correction adding to the trouble.

The moment a believer recognizes that one sinned against God, there is weeping that occurs. Sometimes one feels as if the greatest sin has been done and that there can no longer be any forgiveness left.

However, with God, He is filled with great love and mercy and is willing to forgive. Believers will weep before God during the night, sorrowful of their sins and the trouble that they are going through.

In the morning they will see God’s mercy and forgiveness and have renewed joy despite the troubles. One day the believer will wake up in the new morning in heaven for all eternity filled with a joy that goes beyond anything this earth can provide.

Looking at the troubles in your life may appear as never ending with no joy or relief. Take your eyes off the troubles and look to God’s great love and mercy. God is allowing those troubles to build you up in Jesus and to accomplish His purpose in your life. They will not last forever.

There will come a day when you will have joy unspeakable that will last for all eternity. Do not give up or lose hope. God will come through for you in the end as you keep your eyes and hope on Him. Joy will come in the morning.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love and mercy in times of trouble; that you will know God’s joy in your life; and that you will trust God during times of trouble.

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Psalm 5:3 Morning Routine

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. Psalm 5:3

Mornings are the time when most people get up from their sleep to begin their day. The majority of people have some type of morning routine that they go through in the process of getting up in the morning to prepare for their day. Some people take a longer time to prep themselves physically and psychologically, while others are up and out the door very quickly with very little prep.

David tells God that He will hear his voice in the morning directed to Him and that he will look up to God.

At a minimum the process of getting ready for the day includes getting up and getting dressed. Others will take time to clean themselves up, eat a good breakfast, drink some coffee and get dressed, along with a myriad of other possible things they might do before they hit the day of work or other requirements.

While none, or at least most, of these things are necessarily bad, they are not always what is best. The world, as a whole, will miss out on what is actually best–spending time with God.

While eating a good breakfast and getting dressed is good, taking time to talk with and listen to God is of much greater value. This talking with God is spending time in prayer with God and His word. It is taking one’s eyes off of the things and cares of this temporary, sin filled world and focusing them upon God and eternity. It is finding out what is important to God and what His plans are, rather than what self thinks.

Putting God first in the morning routine sets the day on the right path.

Every day that you get up you have some type of routine that you usually go through to prepare for you day. As you get yourself physically ready for your day, you must take time to get yourself ready spiritually for the day.

While going through your morning routine, take time to spend some time with God, both in prayer and in His word. Allow God to speak into your life and guide you, giving you strength for the day with what He has for you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put God first in your morning routine; that you will pray each day to God to hear what He has for you; and that you will focus your eyes and life upon God and heaven.

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1 Chronicles 23:30 Thank And Praise The Lord Continually

They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening 1 Chronicles 23:30

It is common for most people to have some daily routines that they go through. For many, it will be routines that are done or required at their workplace. Others like the routine in their home each day.

Having a routine can ensure that certain things will get done in a timely manner. It can also help a person to remember to do what needs to be done each day.

Part of the Levites responsibilities as priests was to stand every morning and evening to thank and praise the Lord.

Being driven by routines can help keep a person focused correctly. The world is constantly throwing things at people to see and do. Distractions occur on a regular basis attempting to pull people away from what is really important.

In the life of a believer, God should always be his first focus. Taking time to recognize God and what He is doing is of the highest priority for the believer.

Stopping for a moment at the beginning of the day to thank and praise the Lord for giving one another day causes one to start with the right focus upon God and what He is doing. It will give one strength and courage for the challenges of the day.

Later, one must stop and take time to thank and praise the Lord for what He had done during that day. It can bring the needed peace for a night of rest regardless of what went right or wrong throughout that day.

Believers can recognize how great God is them and how many blessings they have been given when stopping to thank and praise God twice or more each day.

You most likely have some routines in your life that you like to or must follow on a regular basis. Make sure that part of those routines is taking time to stop and thank God for what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do.

Open your eyes to the work the Lord is doing in your life. You cannot count all the blessings that God has given you each day and night. Do not take those blessings for granted but thank and praise God each morning and evening and throughout the day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will continually thank God for what He is doing; that you will give God praise day and night; and that you will be grateful for all the blessings and strength God has given you.