Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)
Many will have the recollection of having two people to stay in quick succession – one of whom, maybe, was inspiring, the other exhausting! Was this something of David the psalmist’s experience towards the end of his life? He looks back on the occasions when disaster and recovery seemed to alternate: ‘When I felt secure, I said, “I shall never be shaken …. but when you hid your face, I was dismayed”’ (v. 6).
Regarding verse 5 today, the German theologian Hengstenberg wrote that ‘“Weeping” is personified as something like a travelling back-packer, who in the morning leaves the lodging into which he had entered the previous evening. After him another guest arrives, namely, “Joy.”
The knowledge that such ‘lodgers’ can switch affects believing people:
1. It makes us humble, because none of us – however rich or self-protected - can guarantee our own well-being and security, even for the next twenty-four hours! The smallest thing can bring us down.
2. It makes us hopeful, because – when pitched into even the severest test – there is always the trusting belief that a new morning will bring a welcome switch of lodger.
3. It makes us holy, because (v. 5) the believer steadily learns of the permanence of God’s ‘favour’ over a lifetime. Whatever lodger is in residence, it is the Lord who is in occupation. Knowing this keeps us growing in godliness and (v. 4,12) causes the heart to sing!
Say it to yourself: FOR THE BELIEVER, WHATEVER LODGER IS IN RESIDENCE, IT IS THE LORD WHO IS IN OCCUPATION!