Today’s text I picked is Psalm 90: 14
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Psalm 91: 14-16
What I like about this Psalm is that Moses, through all the things he had experienced with Gods people, wrote this Psalm. When Moses wrote this Psalm he must have been awestruck by the greatness of our Lord. He noticed just how small we are compared to the Almighty.
And yet, this great Creator who we call our Father, who can “Sweep them away as with a flood”, shows us His love. Not once, not every now and then. Every morning, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. What a great saying, but just how do we do that? And how do we rejoice when we dread the coming day?
The book of Deuteronomy actually contains a lot of “and you shall rejoice”, but never says how to do that. It does say though that we should rejoice in all the good God has given us. He showed us His steadfast love after all. But what if God feels distant? Or what if Gods love is not apparent at all?
Jesus actually talked about this during his sermon on the mount.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Who is Jesus talking to? Take a look at the first few verses: blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. That doesn’t seem very blessed at all, but Jesus very clearly stated that those should rejoice and be glad. Why? For our reward in heaven is great. Can we even grasp the greatness of that promise? If not then take a look at Romans 5.
2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
The hope that is produced by suffering does not put us to shame. That is the great hope you can have when you face tribulations in your life. God’s love might feel very distant, but when we don’t feel we can still think. Think about God’s promise, about His steadfast love and about what the purpose of this suffering is in the long run. This might look cruel, but then again, blessed are those who mourn, for their reward is great in the Kingdom of Heaven.