TURNING MOURNING INTO DANCING
Suggested Reading: Psalms 28-30
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Key Verse: Psalm 30:5
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.
It’s hard to imagine the despair that David tried to express in Psalm 30. He was running for his life from his father-in-law, King Saul, whom David would follow as king. After a desperate prayer, David would always end with praising God, together with a statement of his unwavering faith in God’s power and God’s willingness to deliver him. David knew the continuing anger of Saul and the weeping it caused. This is not the way with God! We know that God wants life and joy! Yes, God is angry with sin, but when we ask His forgiveness, His anger toward us ceases. We do need to weep in repentance, not in self pity. Joy is the result!
In Psalm 29, the phrase “voice of the Lord” is repeated six times. The problem is that we are not good listeners most of the time. Hopefully this blog quiets us sufficiently so that we can hear what God has to say. Psalm 28 should result in a spirit of rejoicing because of our confidence in God’s answers to our prayers. God hears our voice much better than we hear His! We may think that those around us don’t listen to us, but God is a GOOD LISTENER!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I thank You for listening to me when I pray. In this I have complete confidence. Therefore, I pray for all those people that come to my mind. . . . (name them). Also, I pray for the matters I’m reading in this morning’s newspaper (the Hamilton Spectator arrives at my door around 4:45 a.m.). Help me to care about those things about which You care, O Lord. I pray in the Name of the One who rose early every morning to spend much time in prayer, Jesus, Himself! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My eyes have been drawn to read again and again Psalm 30:11a, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing.” I don’t often dance, but there are times when joy is so strong that I break free of my reserve, and away I go! It happened at least once on live television when a young man, who had escaped from a Eastern European communist country, was playing a lively tune of rejoicing on his violin. Some may remember Georgian Banov. I’ve attached a clip of that spontaneous dancing (click here). Also, from Crossroads 360 under the topic “Arts Dancing” is the most amazing, joy-filled video. Little Clara, an autistic girl, shows amazing talent and brings such joy. Her parents were interviewed by Magdalene, one of our 100 Huntley Street reporters. I dare readers to watch this without experiencing joy and perhaps a few tears (click here).
Yours for turning mourning into dancing!
P.S. Last evening we celebrated the 50th birthday of Ann Mainse, our daughter-in-love, as we say. It was held here in the party room of our apartment building. Her actual birthday is today. Ann reads this blog faithfully before it is posted and ensures that I’ve used correct punctuation, etc. Ann has edited a number of books and writes a monthly column in “The Crossroads Compass” magazine. Happy Birthday Ann! Thanks for all your help! Below is a picture of Ron and Ann from last night.