I always wait expectantly for spring to arrive. A week ago I saw my first robin for the year and it made my heart happy. The dark dismal winter can seem so long and it drags my spirit down. There is a line in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that just makes me sad, “always winter, but never Christmas.” That seems to be the despair David was in here.
David had felt pain, despair, depression even. “You lifted me out of the depths,” (vs 1) “You brought me up from the grave; You spared me from going down into the pit.” (vs 3) He knew what it was to have his closest friends and family turn on him. He was hunted down, mocked, threatened. He was at times in the pit of despair.
But he knew where to turn. “O Lord, my God, I called to You for help,” (vs 2) “To You, O Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy.” (vs 8) And God answered.
And when relief came David gave credit where credit was due. “Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His holy name. For His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (vs 4-5) “You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” (vs 11)
Are you in a night of despair? Does your winter seem to last forever with no hope for spring? Call out to God! He loves you and wants to change your mourning to dancing, your sorrow to joy. “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 NKJV)