“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Psalms 30:4-5 NIV
Our Lord wants to hear our voices lifted up in praise to Him. He doesn’t care whether we croak like bullfrogs or sing like birds; He wants us giving our whole selves to Him in worship. Yes, even in the dark, painful times.
But wait, there’s an elephant in the room: God gets angry. He gets angry with you and me when we turn our eyes away from Him and worship other things, aka idolatry. Pure evil makes God angry—sin, injustice, crime. God hates gossip; He has a disdain for lying and ignoring truth. All of these are righteous anger.
So what happens with His anger? A great portion of the time He gives us over to our sin and lets us suffer the natural consequences. Sometimes these result in strong,swift punishment such as jail time. Other times it may lead to loss of financial stability, relationships gone sour, or depression and anxiety, just to name a few.
Even in the midst of the discipline is the hope and the knowing that we are His and that through it all His favor is upon us. He brings peace and joy in our hearts when we turn back to Him, recognizing how we went wrong. Yes, the difficult times, in the course of a lifetime, are fleeting, but joy lasts forever. May we sing praise! 🚦
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