"Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psa. 30:5). Most of us have experienced our share of long nights, both physically and emotionally. Sometimes the darkness is so deep, and our spirit so low, that we begin to wonder if morning will ever come at all â€“ but it does. Sometimes we may even be tempted to doubt that God is still with us â€“ but when it's over, we always realize that He was. Journeying as pilgrims and strangers through the long night of a dark world, it sometimes seems that life and its troubles will go on forever and Jesus will never appear â€“ but He will. "Surely there is an end, and thine expectation shall not be cut off" (Prov. 23:18). Trouble comes as surely as night follows day, but joy will take its place as surely as day follows night.
With this certainty, we need not wait for the sunrise to lift our voices; like Paul and Silas, we can sing praise to God at midnight, in a dungeon, in the worst circumstances possible. The God who "inhabits our praises" (Psalm 22:3) will see us through to the morning where night will never come again.
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