Joy, Not Happiness

Psalm 30:12 – “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing  comes in the morning.”

Ferguson Missouri

Northern Iraq

The Ukraine



Have we all forgotten about the kidnapped girls from Nigeria?

Robin Williams


Michael Brown

Is it a riot or is a rebellion against a system that appears designed to police based on predetermined standards – standards that go back to the 1960’s and the violence of those days?

Does it make us uncomfortable because we prefer to sweep it all under the rug?

Does it make us uncomfortable because it makes us realize that some of us are more “equal” than others?

King David said, in Psalm 30, “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

It’s night time right now.   There are so many things going on to weep about.

Racism, gender violence, religious violence, cultural clashes, mental illness, disease.

But God said that rejoicing will come in the morning.

Does that mean that everything will be better in the morning?

No, I don’t believe that everything will be better when the sun comes up.

I believe that God, through David, is referring to the “morning” that will happen when Jesus comes again.   That’s when everything will be better.    Until then, we live in a sin filled, imperfect world.    A world full of pain and sorrow.

I also believe that when David wrote this, he particularly used “joy” and “rejoicing” rather than happy.

Joy is the deep down sense of knowing that God’s got this.   It’s the peace that comes from knowing the world isn’t spinning totally out of control – there is one who can and will control the spinning in His time.

May we all experience even a little bit of that joy in spite of the weeping and the struggles that this current world faces.


P.S. If you want to read a thoughtful piece about how those of us who are white can and should care about Ferguson, go to .   This is not a complete endorsement of everything that they say – but rather a recommendation of some thought filled and thoughtful reading.

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