Joy in the Morning

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. -Psalm 30:4-5

There’s something about the morning that puts our problems into perspective, isn’t there? The things that seem most dire at midnight become manageable under the light of the morning sunshine. Even when things are so bad that you cry yourself to sleep or wake restless at three in the morning, the fresh light of dawn brings joy.

Like all living things, we humans need sunshine. We need it for our bodies to thrive. We also need it for our spirits. These long summer days are a gift from God, giving us the opportunity to soak in the joy and life that comes with each fresh new morning.

The psalmist who wrote Psalm 30 saw that morning joy, and, more importantly, saw that it is God who should be praised for the joy each morning brings. The new light of the morning was a reminder that joy, like God’s gracious favor, was a gift brought daily to God’s faithful people. Martin Luther, borrowing from his experience as a monk, taught everyday people that they should begin each day by thanking God and then going to work “joyfully.” (Yes, even on Mondays.)

When you wake in the morning, and the sunlight comes through your window, do you give thanks to God? When joy rises with the sun, do you sing God’s praises? Try it. A day that begins with joy sets the tone for all that follows. 

God whose favor lasts a lifetime, I thank you for each new morning. Renew my joy with every sunrise, that I may give you thanks and sing praise to your holy name. Amen.