His Favor

“For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

King David dedicates the temple and declares God’s presence, God’s provision and God’s promise to us.  Before Christ’s propitionary death, God’s anger was appeased by the blood of sacrificial lambs.  With Christ’s shed blood as the perfect Lamb, God was appeased and His grace applied.  Because we live in Jesus’death, we live in God’s favor.

He Replaces.  We were dead in trespasses and sin.  But, because of His great love, we no longer mourn our deadness, we celebrate our new life.  He has replaced all the old with new. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;” (Psalm 30;11)

He Releases.  The chains and shackles of sin have been broken.  Our grave clothes are cut away.  Our grieving is done.  We have been set free as slaves of darkness.  “You have loosed my sackcloth . . . “ (Psalm 30:11)

He Robes.  Our sin was as filthy rags, but He has washed us white as snow. He commended His love to us.  He covers us with His mercy.  He clothes with His grace.  He has made us glad.  “. . . and clothed me with gladness,” (Psalm 30:11)

The darkness of Jesus death was no more.  On that resurrection morning, there dawned a new and eternal joy.

Our response is a voice that can not be silent with thanksgiving praise forever.  “. . . that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever!” (Psalm 30:12)

The modern hymn, “In Christ Alone”, remindeds of Jesus’ sacrifice and our salvation.  In this, we can not be silent, we must give praise and we give thanks.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

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