Monday, May 9, 2011

Joy in the morning

Over this week I have a few posts I want to share from the book I recently read, Morning of Joy by Horatius Bonar. This section actually reminds me of what I shared about seasons  recently, it definitely speaks of a theme of times of joy and sorrow in our lives. I don't know about you all, but I needed this encouragement this morning! Hope everyone has a good Monday:-)
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"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Psalm 30:5
31/ 365  "Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning"  Ps 30v5
"...but though it is night, there are times both in the saint’s own history and the church’s annals, which may be spoken of as mornings  even now. Such was the “morning” to Adam when Seth was born to him after Abel’s death (Genesis 4:25). Such was the “morning” to Noah when the flood dried up, and the face of the earth was renewed. Such was the “morning” to Jacob when the tidings came  to him that Joseph was yet alive. Such was the “morning” to  Naomi when  Ruth  and  Boaz wiped off the tears of widowhood, and when in her old age she “saw her seed,” and “took the child and laid it in her bosom” (Ruth 4:16).  Such was Hannah’s “morning” when, after long years of bitterness, “the Lord granted her petition,”and “she went her way and was no more sad” (1 Samuel 1:18). Such was the “morning” that dawned on Job when the Lord accepted him, and turned his captivity, giving him twice as much as he had before, “blessing his latter end more than his beginning.”  Such was Israel’s “morning” when the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion, “making them like men that dream,” filling “their mouth with laughter and their tongue with singing,” in the day of their deliverance from exile. 

Thus there are “mornings” ever and anon bursting on us now. They are indeed little more than brief brightening of the darkness—lulls in the long tempest that is to rage unspent till the Lord come. Still we may call them “mornings,”...... Or  better and truer, we may call them  earnests of the morning—that morning which is to outshine all mornings, and to  swallow up alike the darkness and the light of a present evil world. Dim and transient as are these earnests, they are unutterably gladdening. They cheer the heavy darkness and are pledges of sun-rise.

The highest mountain has its summit, the deepest mine-shaft has its lowest level. Nor, in general, are these long in being reached. So even when there is sorrow upon sorrow, there is respite between, or gladness at  the close of the dark series.

Yet let us not forget what the sorrow has done for us while it lasted; and what the night has been, though dark and sad. It has been a night of grief, yet a night of blessing; a night in which there may have been many things which we could wish forgotten, yet many more which we should wish to be
remembered for ever.  

Often, during its gloom, we called it “wearisome,” and said.  “When shall I arise and the night be gone?” (Job 7:4).  Yet how much was there to reconcile us to it; nay, to fill us with praise because of it! It was then that the Lord drew near, and the world was displaced, and self was smitten, and our will conquered, and faith grew apace, and hope became brighter and  more eager, and the things that are unseen were felt to be the real and the true; Jerusalem that is above was seen by us as our proper home. It was then that we had “songs in the  night” (Psalm 42:8). Our “reins instructed us in the night seasons” (Psalm 16:7). It was “in the night that we remembered the name” of our God (Psalm 119:55), and “desired him with our souls” (Isaiah 26:9), “meditating on him in the night-watches” (Psalm 63:6).

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  1. How awesome God is - sometimes we feel like we are stuck in the night, but thankfully with God there is guaranteed a morning time - even if it not this side of eternity.

  2. Thanks for linking up to the NOBH. Your post are always so thought provoking and inspirational.

  3. This was a lovely post on finding joy in the morning. Enjoyed the bibical examples of going through difficulty; but there is joy in the morning.
    Blessings to you!
    Living Waters by LeAnn

  4. Thank God for the hope we have in Him - that no matter how dark the night, He is with us and will bring that joy in the morning.

    Have a wonderful evening!

  5. So so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Perhaps we would never know the joy of the light if we didn't have those dark moments.

  7. Love this! So thankful He is faithful to always bring the morning!

  8. Both are part of the whole process: the dark night of the soul, followed by the Light of morning. I don't think you can appreciate the latter without having survived the former. But God is present is all phases, from darkness to light.

    Thanks for joining the community, Stefanie -- so glad to have you!

  9. "earnests of the morning"...I love classical writing...the beauty and music in the words...lovely!

  10. There is joy in the morning. Thank you for sharing with us the hope of sunlight admist the dark.

  11. So beautifully written. I'm so thankful the night doesn't last forever. There's such encouragement in this post reminding me that JOY comes in the morning.

    Enjoy the sunshine today -- and the SON-shine.

  12. thankful for the respites between these days...and I love horatius bonar. I forgot about him until i read your post. I read some of his stuff years ago.

  13. Morning of Joy sounds good. . .always looking for new reads.

  14. Thank you all for reading! I'm glad it was a blessing.

  15. Oh, how I love the Biblical examples you shared!! A great read. :)

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon! :)



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