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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Night of Suffering

A Song at the dedication of the house of David. … Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. … You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
(Psalm 30:1,5,11-12 NKJV)

We are children of God … and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. … And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:17-18,28 NKJV)

David’s suffering as an innocent fugitive lasted not a night but many years. He lost nearly all he had, including his wife, and (according to Jewish history) his murdered parents. Yet he considered his weeping as for but a night compared to the joy felt when he received from his God a crown and a home in Jerusalem.

Jesus understands our suffering. We need not go through it alone. The light of the Son can penetrate our own dark night right now. And one day soon, those who love Him shall also receive both a crown and a home in the heavenly Jerusalem. We have faith in this end. Thus we sing praise and give thanks even during the night of suffering.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great love, which compelled You to so greatly suffer on our behalf. Help us look to You and receive strength from You to endure the sufferings of this present time.

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