“For His anger is but for a moment.
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
In this verse, David departs from his offer of honor and praise to God to remind everyone that God does have another side: He can be angry. The occasion for David’s praise to God is the dedication of the house of David.
David himself would have experienced God’s anger first hand when he offended Him with his sin. But David’s greatest memory of God is of His favor: sin angers God for the moment, but repentance brings His favor for life.
Being brought to tears because of his sin, David showed his repentance by freely confessing, thus being restored to God’s favor. His “weeping” was, thus, short lived but joy came in a renewed relationship with God.
David’s experience aptly depicts our relationship with God today. When we sin by violating the principles God has laid for us, He is not happy; but when we sincerely come before Him in repentance, His grace freely forgives us and restores us to a wonderful relationship with Him. That is the ultimate “joy” that comes in the morning.