KEY THOT: Like Lamentations 3:22-24, David the psalmist expresses his hope that the Lord does not remain angry forever. He is a merciful God, always seek to forgive the moment we confess we have sinned. Weeping is not God’s will for us—and usually it is a consequence of some bad choices of ours. But once we “fess” up, God will forgive. And not just forgive, He will make us righteous again as a gift of His grace. With our righteousness restored, He again fills us with His joy, as certainly as the sun will rise in the morning.
God takes delight in mercy, not judgment. If I am experiencing God’s discipline, it isn’t God that is the problem, but myself. As long as I acknowledge the bad choices I've made that got me in the wrong places, God will restore His favor upon me. God’s discipline is for a moment but His favor is for a lifetime. What a gracious God we have!
I can live in the favor of God every morning—so long as I make choices that are consistent with His will. If I seek to find “happiness” outside His will, all I get is stress and mess—not joy. The moment I lose the joy of the Lord, I’m quite sure I’ve made some bad choices. I will need to confess and repent so that joy may be restored in my life.
Father, what a great privilege I have in You, that I can remain in Your favor forever. May Your joy be my strength every morning. Amen.