I’ve heard that verse my entire life. I never really thought about it until recently and I want to share with you how I interpret it for me and maybe for the Psalmist David.
For me, it speaks that when we are in a bad place rather than dealing with grief from a loss or pain from life’s heartaches, we often think God is mad at us. How many times have we said, “why me?” We question God and wonder if we are being punished. I’ve heard my agnostic and atheist friends say it, “if there was a God, then he wouldn’t let this person die or that happen.” I get it but I don’t believe that’s how it works. God does not pick on people. It’s not picking on this one today and that one tomorrow. It’s just what we want to believe because we have to have a reason, know why something bad happened, we need closure.
I think David felt this way too through all his challenges. It was only through David’s dark times that he cried. I think the word night doesn’t represent nighttime, I think it represents our dark times. When we pray the mattress opens up and swallows us or we just don’t want to wake up. But David had a spiritual awakening and realized that God does favor us. Morning doesn’t represent AM or sunrise, it represents awakening. David’s awakening gave him hope and joy. He realized that he wasn’t being punished and life had more choices and opportunities. He felt more in tune with life’s purpose and meaning and therefore felt joy.
Remember The Awakening Is In the Suffering it’s through the suffering that we awaken. I’ll say it again, God expects us to suffer so we can be renewed as we were created to be. We have to dig out our painful memories and have discomfort to heal and experience awareness and a new awakening. It’s the only way to restore our spirit.
My prayer is if you are going through a dark time now and you have much pain and suffering. Keep the faith, keep believing for better days. Find your spiritual awareness rather through a place like a beach, mountains, or your bed. If you’re religious, find your alter, sing your songs. Just don’t give up! Joy will come in the morning!