Joy Comes in the Morning

This meditation is based on a passage for August 17, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 30

Reflection and Question: The psalmist captures the rhythm of our lives, recognizing the lows of strife and sickness and the highs of triumph and recovery. Here God is an intimate friend whose anger and succor are well known and to whom the singer feels free to express need, gratitude, joy and tears. What the psalmist emphasizes are the good times in life — healing, joy, prosperity, dancing, praise and thanksgiving. There are many hooks upon which we can hang our faith in this psalm. I will choose this one: “God’s favor is for a lifetime.” On what hook in this psalm will you hang your faith?

Prayer: You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance;
I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you.
God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.
(Psalm 30:11-12, Eugene Peterson, The Message)