O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
We associate mornings with the start of our day, when we awaken and begin our activities, but in the book of Genesis we are given a clue in the first chapter of the different manner in which Moses understood what a day was. Six times he writes, “…and so there was evening and there was morning, one day.” It appears that to Moses, and subsequently to the nation of Israel, the day ended, and the next day began, at sunset! This concept of a day being comprised of a time of darkness followed by light (precisely opposite the way we think define a day) is consistently found in the Old Testament, particularly in the prophetic writings, where the Day of the Lord describes a time of national darkness (war, suffering, discipline of God, etc.) followed by a time of light (blessing, Messianic rule, reception of promises, etc.) In verse 14 Moses asked that the Lord would Himself bring satisfaction (a sense of fullness and lack of want or need) in the morning—after the darkness of night has passed. And he asks that this satisfaction would be of a sort that lasted forever, for “all our days.”
After the darkness of the sufferings that you face in this earthly life; those of your own doing, those resulting from the mistreatment by others, and those experienced simply by your residency in a fallen, sin-ravaged creation—your hope of deliverance and joy is only found in God. Satisfaction, joy, and lasting gladness are gifts from God. Beginning at the cross of His Son, and continuing into the very fabric of our daily experiences—physically, emotionally, and spiritually, the Lord remains our source of satisfaction and joy. Remember, Moses was “saved” when he wrote these words, and yet he prayed for these blessings. As you read this, you very well may be a Christian, having trusted in Jesus for forgiveness of your sins, and yet you (like Moses, and certainly like me!) have great, frequent need for joy and gladness in your life. For we still see our world shrouded in a dreadful darkness, and we often suffer through many seemingly endless nightmares, and still, despite the certainty of our hope in Christ, still we have need of daily deliverance. Though saved, we need to be saved. Today, let your soul look to the Lord in the same way your eyes look to the east for each day’s sunrise—for more surely than the sun rises daily, the Lord loves and restores the spirits of His children. Just ask.
Father, I often find myself in circumstances, of my own making and inflicted on me by others, where I feel I am alone, and in the dark. Please, let the light of Your Son shine into our darkness today, and every day, for all our days. We trust in You and You alone. Amen