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God's Compassion

Psalm 30:5 (ESV) … “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.”

Here we are on more familiar ground. It is a compassion which is both genuine and generous. Behind God’s mercy is His holiness; behind His holiness is His compassion: “For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Sorrow is but a passing wayfarer who only tarries for a night; with the dawn he leaves and joy takes his place.

It is significant, surely, that God’s day begins with an evening and ends with a morning. Thus all the way through that creation chapter of Genesis we read: “The evening and the morning were the first day … the evening and the morning were the second day.…” Right now we are hurrying through the nighttime of our experience. The shadows often are dark and menacing; but the morning comes, and with it a day that will never end! The night through which we are passing is only temporary. When the morning comes there will be no more sorrow, no more sadness, no more suffering, no more sickness, no more separations. “One glimpse of His dear face all sorrows will erase!” Joy cometh in the morning![1]

[1] Phillips, J. (2009). Exploring Psalms 1–88: An Expository Commentary (Vol. 1, Ps 30:5). Kregel Publications; WORDsearch Corp.


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