“Celebrate God’s Love” ( Psalm 59: 16, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“But I sing of Your strength, and celebrate Your love when morning comes; for You are my strong tower and a sure retreat in days of trouble.”

 

“In [God’s] anger is disquiet, in His favour there is life. Tears may linger at nightfall, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Therefore, when morning comes, leave behind your sorrow. Abandon it; for God’s anger toward His children lasts but a moment whereas His love for us is eternal — guaranteed by His Son’s sacrifice and sealed with His Holy Spirit. God “turns [our] laments into dancing; [He] strips off [our] sackcloth and clothes [us] with joy, that [our] spirits may sing psalms to [Him] and never cease.” (Psalm 30:11,12)

 

God is “[our] strong tower.” He is “a sure retreat in days of trouble.” He “makes [His] face shine upon [His] servants; [He] saves [us] in His unfailing love.” (Psalms 31:16) How is it that we do not celebrate God’s amazing love?

 

Rejoice! “Exult and shout for joy and do [God] homage!” (Revelation 19:7)

“No One Will Take Your Joy” (John 16: 33, ESV) by Carley Evans


Here in this world, Jesus tells us we will have trouble; we will have tribulation. But, He also promises that He has overcome this world; therefore we are able to take heart. Even in the deepest pain, we find His peace is available.

“You will be sorrowful,” says Jesus. “But your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16: 20 – 22)

Jesus sings of His death and resurrection through the psalmist, David: “I will extol You, O Lord, for You have drawn Me up and have not let My foes rejoice over Me. O Lord My God, I cried to You for help, and You have healed Me. O Lord, You have brought up My soul from Sheol; You restored Me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy Name. For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor lasts for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30: 1 – 5)

Like Jesus before us, we leave suffering behind. Joy returns to us in the morning. And no one will take it away.