What Do Different Bible Translations Say in Psalm 30:5?
“For His anger is but for a moment, his favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, NASB)
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, NIV)
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5, King James Version)
“All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank him to his face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.” (Psalms 30:4-5, The Message)
How Does Psalm 30:5 Connect to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
In many ways, the writings of David in Psalm 30 mirror the emotions of Christ’s closest followers following the crucifixion.
For Christ’s disciples, the death of Jesus was more than just a tragedy. It would have been a devastating blow to their confidence, their faith, and their hope for the future.
After all, their best friend and leader had just been murdered. Would they be next? What kind of fear had seized them in the moments that followed?
They had seen Jesus perform miracles. Why hadn’t He saved Himself? Was He really who He said He was? Had they been following the wrong guy? What kind of doubt filled their minds in those moments in the upper room?
What would happen next? Where would they go? What did they have to look forward to now that Jesus was gone?
Hopeless. Afraid. Confused. Alone.
It was truly the dark night of the soul, and these were the emotions that certainly overwhelmed the disciples, who had not grasped the fullness of Christ’s power or understood the scope of He had come to accomplish on this earth.
Even today, absent an understanding of God’s power and plan for one’s life, it’s easy to fall into the same kind of debilitating fear, doubt, anxiety, and despair.
However, when we understand who God really is, remember what He has done for us, and recognize that the crucifixion was always meant to be followed by the resurrection, the tragedy of the cross, like any struggle we may face, becomes a temporary night with a beautiful dawn already on the horizon.
In moments like these, the words of David carry even more meaning. “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)
Well, a shout of joy did come on the morning of the third day with the ultimate resurrection of Jesus Christ, an event that would forever turn our mourning into dancing.
From that moment on, the tragedy of the cross was nullified in the joy of the resurrection, and any pain, struggle, or fear we may face is nullified in the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
As it is written:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-56)
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
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