ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
Week 4: JOY
Day 1: Joy Comes in the Morning
30 I will extol you, Yahweh, for you have raised me up,
and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 Yahweh my God, I cried to you,
and you have healed me.
3 Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from Sheol.
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing praise to Yahweh, you saints of his.
Give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment.
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night,
but joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:1-5 (WEB)
This week, we will JOYOUSLY celebrate the “morning” of God’s plan for humanity: Christmas, the birth of the prophesied one, the savior, the messiah, the Christ of God! When I am sad, I can always remember that there is a promise to claim in Psalm 30: Joy comes in the morning. In the morning, when the light dawns and the darkness flees - when we look back and see that the Lord kept us safe from the Enemy and named us as his for a lifetime. These are the major themes that I see in this verse, using the EMAW Quiet Time method.
The best verse and thought for the day, for me as I study this passage, is “You have kept me alive”. In this verse, I see confirmation that the Lord is my spiritual sustainer and nothing else. I may look outside of myself for sustenance, but it is the Lord who keeps me alive.
My EMAW Quiet Time rewrite of this verse: “I love you Jesus. You kept me alive and saved me from evil. Yes, God chastises but through you I have eternal favor. When I was sad, you kept me alive. I am joyous to see the dawn because the light is YOU”.
I end my Quiet Time quietly and joyfully: W.orshiping God, A.dmitting my sins, and making R.equests. Amen!
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