Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning…You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. (Psalm 30:5, 11-12 NIV)
Sackloth: the clothes of mourners in the ancient Near East. Today, most of us wear black during a time of grief. And while some choose to wear it longer than others, one thing is certain – it eventually has to come off. I love how the Psalmist attributes the removal of sackloth to God, “You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,” he says to Him. Because restoring life and joy is something only He can do, it’s who He is. He turns our night of weeping, into a morning of rejoicing. With Him in our lives, we can find healing and joy again; we don’t stay in the pits for a long time. And for that, I’m thankful to Him forever. No matter what dark times you may find yourself in today, know that the Son will shine and you will learn to laugh again.