Holy Week Devotional Thought – Easter Sunday

 

Psalm 30:1-5

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 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.  


David’s Good Morning:

David was the beloved of the Lord. He was the “man after God’s own heart.” Best friends they were.

However, despite this gracious and intimate relationship, David was allowed to suffer a large number of horrible days accompanied by hellish nights. David was consistently struggling with God’s enemies. Disability, disease, and death surrounded him. However his greatest struggle was with his own sinful condition. He was one who greatly rebelled against the Lord. He was one who deserved God’s wrath. And he was one who had an appointment with Sheol and the pit. Now one can see why weeping was his regular companion through many nights.

But, for David, everything changed with the morning. In the morning, David found …

  • God had defeated his enemies
  • God had helped him
  • God had healed him
  • God had brought his soul up from Sheol
  • God had restored his life
  • God had made his fate different from other men going down to the pit
  • God had momentarily expressed his anger
  • God had a lifetime of favor to show

Therefore it was time to worship. David extolled, sang praises, and gave thanks to the Lord. Then he encouraged his fellow saints to join him in the joy. Weeping was for the night. Joy came in the morning.

Jesus’ Good Morning:

Jesus was the Beloved Son of the Father. He was the perfect one who was well-pleasing to his Heavenly Father.

However, despite his blameless character and perfect worship, Jesus was allowed to experienced a huge number of horrible days followed by hellish nights. The foes of God would not leave him be. Ultimately, this resulted in almost 24 hours of injustice and torture. Jesus was thoroughly acquainted with grief; he was the “Man of Sorrows.” Oh, how he wept from Thursday night through Friday mid-afternoon. However, what troubled the Son most was his taking the weight of sin upon his shoulders. Because he did so, he experienced the hot anger of the Holy Judge. He was executed by his Heavenly Father. He died and was placed in a dark grave. Sheol and the pit was where they placed him.

But, for David’s Greatest Son, everything changed on Sunday morning. On Easter, Jesus showed the world …

  • God had defeated his enemies
  • God had helped him
  • God had healed him
  • God had brought his soul up from Sheol
  • God had restored his life
  • God had made his fate different from other men going down to the pit
  • God had momentarily expressed his anger
  • God had a lifetime of favor to show

Therefore it was time for Jesus to lead in worship. On that Easter morning, Jesus began the process of revealing himself and gathering disciples together. He would lead them in extolling, singing praises, and giving thanks to the Lord. Weeping was for Friday and Saturday nights. Joy came on Easter Sunday morning.


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