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TV Broadcast #985

Joy Comes in the Morning
Part One

August 21, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 985 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Good Morning! Praise the Lord for the songs that He gives us to sing and the truth of…they’re not just songs, they’re real.

( congregational amens ).

And they’re ways by which we can encourage ourselves. We can bless the Lord. We can bear testimony to others of the hope that He’s given to us. I’m so glad it’s not because of who we are or what we are, it’s all because of Him, it’s grace. You look around and there’s nobody better than anybody else here this morning, nobody any less needy. We all need Him, don’t we? But He’s wonderful and He’s faithful.

Well, I don’t know, we’ll just see if the Lord is in some thoughts that have come to me. I’m like many, I’m reading through the Bible and if you read through the Psalms for example, one psalm a day, today is the 30th, and I’d like to turn to Psalm 30.This is, as so many Psalms are, they are testimonies and songs of David. They’re a witness to something that he experienced. And we know that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures, we have hope, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

God encourages one another, encourages each one of us because of things that others experienced, so that we get a realistic picture of life on the one hand, and we get a picture of faith in Him and all that He can do in the other, because we need both, don’t we?

( congregational amens ).

A lot of people live in a fantasy world and think everything is supposed to be a certain way all the time and it isn’t. And this Psalm certainly bears that out. David begins, “I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.” (NIV).

And so this is David obviously looking back on some circumstance that he went through. I don’t know specifically what this circumstance is that he is referring to, but it wasn’t just fantasy. It isn’t something he learned in Sunday School. It’s something that he learned in the arena of life and it brought forth…the end result was a praise, was a greater faith, a greater appreciation of God and His ways and His goodness.

And he goes on and so now he’s addressing the saints. And he says, “Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name.” That sounds like pretty good advice to me, but David is wanting the saints to praise God. But there’s not just…this is not just something that’s in a vacuum. There’s a reason, there’s something behind what he’s sharing here.

He says, “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” That is the thought that I think is central to what’s come to me and that’s the very simple fact that life isn’t all the same, is it? Not only is that a fact, that is normal—it’s totally normal that life consists not only of mornings and daytime and all of that, but it consists of nighttime. It consists of times when there is weeping and when that’s normal.

I think sometimes we tend to go around with a mask on and we pretend something is just wonderful, great, and glorious and we’re skipping along the mountain tops, when in fact we’re dying on the inside. I believe God desires to bring us to something that’s more real than that, where we can be honest and yet, have faith. There is that balance. You know, there’s nothing really new in the thought this morning, but I think…I don’t know, I think there is a reason the Lord has quickened this. I think it’s something we all need.

You know, there’s a lot of folks who would like the Christian life to be all morning, all daytime, all sunshine, all of everything, and they actually portray that it’s supposed to be that way. If only you had enough faith, the sun would be shining all the time, everything would be going great. If it isn’t, then there’s something wrong with you. You just don’t have enough faith and the burden is put upon us and it’s a totally unrealistic picture of the way it really is.

You know you can even see it in the natural order of things. We don’t have daylight all the time on the earth, do we? We have night and God has ordained that wherever there’s daytime it will be followed by night. But whenever there’s nighttime it’ll also be followed by day. The wonderful thing that I believe the Lord is emphasizing in this Psalm is that the last end is morning, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

He doesn’t say, well, morning is here but look out, night is coming. God’s end in everything that He does is morning, and it’s joy, and it’s light, and it’s something that is to build up. But there is a natural cycle to life.

You know, all of us react with wonderment, with concern, with question when it isn’t always that way, don’t we? Can you imagine what it would be like for someone to arrive from some other place. I don’t know where it would be, but anyway, who suddenly finds himself on earth. Not only that they find themselves here, but it’s a beautiful day. It’s the middle of the day, everything is wonderful and man, they’re just saying, this is an awesome place. Feel the sunshine and the warm breezes, listen to the birds sing. This is just amazing. What a wonderful experience it is to live in this wonderful place.

And then all of a sudden it gets toward evening and the shadows begin to fall, and nighttime begins to come, and all of a sudden the sun begins to disappear, and they begin to feel a kind of a coldness come on. Oh my God, what’s gonna happen! The sun is going away. If you’ve never seen the cycle, it would be easy for someone in that situation to just imagine that it’s gone forever, and just be filled with fear and terror and wonderment, as I say.

But you know, we know better, don’t we? We can see the lesson that this world is not all one thing. This world is a cycle of things. Even heathen peoples in the past have reacted to natural events in ways that we just sort of take in stride…for example, a solar eclipse. All of a sudden in the middle of the day, something comes up and gobbles the sun. And they have all kinds of rituals and all kinds of fears, and theories as to what in the world is going on. And they think that their little ritual was what appeased the gods and brought the sun back. You see those kinds of things throughout history, but we know better, don’t we? We know it’s simply a part of the natural order of things.

But you know, it’s part of the natural order of things in the spiritual realm as well. It’s part of this world that things happen that way. But listen to what David says because I believe that there is a clue here as to why it is the way that it is. David is now looking back prior to this experience and he says this. “When I felt secure, I said, I will never be shaken.” Now why did he feel secure? I mean, I’m sorry, I got it all backwards. Why did he declare with such positive confession, I will never be shaken?

( congregational response ).

Because he felt it…he felt something—he felt secure. This is different, you see, from understanding the ways of God and seeing Him regardless of which way it is. There is an attachment that every one of us has to what we see and what we feel. And God, I believe you can sort of discern what’s going on here, God was wanting to take David to a deeper place. Because if the reality is that life is not all daylight, then we’re gonna have to have something to hold us steady in the boat besides what we see and what we feel, aren’t we?

( congregational response ).

Now, how many of you know what I’m talking about? Some of you may be here, you may be in the morning. You might have just come through something and all of a sudden God has brought you through it and you can look back, and your heart is filled with joy at His goodness. You could say what David is saying here, but there may be some of you going through nighttime right now. You know, the devil kind of works on your mind and just kind of works on you there. You have a little bit of doubts that begin to creep in. You have to kind of push them away and fight them off.

But he says, “When I felt secure, I said, I will never be shaken.” Oh how positive we can be when we get in a service and everybody is around us and we just sense the Lord’s presence. He’s come near. You know some of the songs we sang this morning, praise God!

( congregational amens ).

You see it doesn’t all have to be nighttime or we don’t ever sense His presence. God knows we need the sun too! But yet, how easy is it to just, in that time you feel uh…all full of spiritual confidence. I shall not be moved! You know we can sing that…I shall not, I shall not be moved. And I think we’re sincere. I think many times we say that and we mean it. We’re sincere. We have a sense of confidence, but I don’t think we realize most of the time, just how much dependence we place upon the way that things look and the way we feel.

( congregational amens ).

Man, we just don’t understand, but God does. Praise God! So he said, “When I felt secure, I said, I will never be shaken. O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm….” Oh boy, he’s in a great place right here. Man, God’s good, the sun is shining. But uh-oh, something’s about to change. It says, “…But when you hid your face, I was dismayed.”

So now you can see kind of see where David’s faith was, can’t you? You understand that he was depending far too much on the sun shining and him being able to see it. But now, all of a sudden, God is hiding His face.

Now I want to point out a couple of things here. One is that there is no hint whatever in this passage that David has done anything wrong. Where do you find that? There’s nothing here that says, I messed up, and so God went away. It’s not there. It’s that God is wise enough to sometimes hide His face just as He causes the sun…actually the sun doesn’t go anywhere, we just simply turn away from it. But in reality, God is wise enough with His children to allow times when He hides His face, and we can’t see and we have to simply believe His Word and stand fast on what He has said, and learn to stand even when there is cause in our life for genuine weeping.

God knows that that is a part of what makes us what He wants us to be. Life is not about life here. I mean the ultimate picture of what God is doing is not about life here! And so it’s necessary for us to experience whatever is in His purpose that shapes us, that helps to make us to become what we will become. Even His own Son, how often have we referred to the scripture that it was by the things that He suffered that he did what?

( congregational response ).

Learned obedience. There’s an obedience that stands fast in the face of whatever comes our way that really pleases God, that forms the character within us. Even as physical exercise changes these muscles, so does this kind of exercise of spirit change what we are. It’s a matter of growth. And God is faithful enough to want us to grow up.

Folks, in the grand scheme of things, this world is our childhood, because we will not be full grown sons until that day, when He will have finished the work that He promised to begin in all those who put their trust in Him. There is a completion. There’s a process. There’s an inception. There’s a completion or process, and a completion at the end. And I tell you, one day He’s gonna stand there and present us as full grown sons and daughters. And something’s gonna be—we’ll get to that before we’re done here.

But I’ll tell you, right now we’re gonna have to go through these kinds of cycles in our lives, and each one is gonna be different. You can’t look at somebody else and say, but God, look at them. What’s the deal, they’re experiencing this and I’m experiencing that. It isn’t fair. You are an individual work of God’s grace. God has a purpose and a plan that is specific to you, and to you, and to you, and to me. God had a purpose in David. God was getting David ready to sit on a throne and be able to stand all the attacks of the enemy, and to be able to stand up in seasons of night or day and be able to say, God reigns. He is my God. I am trusting in Him.

( congregational amens ).

You don’t get that in a seminar, you get that in life. You learn that when it hurts and when tears are the reality. So here’s David, I felt secure, I was real confident, and now…but as soon as You hid Your face, I was dismayed. Well, here’s another thing about that. God didn’t go away. He didn’t say, but You left me. You went away somewhere and left me all alone, and because You did that, I was dismayed. He didn’t say that, did he?

( congregational amens ).

All He did was hide. What’s He saying — I’m right here. I haven’t gone anywhere. Just because…My presence is not dependent on whether you…or is not indicated by whether you feel Me or not. I have declared My faithfulness. I’m your God, you put your trust in Me, I’ll never leave you. Never! I will never, ever leave you. I will allow My face to be hidden at times so that you will learn to walk by faith and not by sight. But I will never, ever leave you.

So understand what he’s saying. David hasn’t done anything wrong. God hasn’t gone anywhere. This is simply an experience, a time of teaching and testing that God in His great wisdom saw fit to put His servant through. Anybody here identify with any of this?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, this is life, isn’t it? I thank God. You know, we don’t have to pretend. I see that more and more…how much we think we’ve got to put on a front and pretend. It’s not like we need to go around and just give vent to negativity either. But we don’t have to pretend that nothing bad is happening, nothing’s going on, we have no burdens, we have no…think about what that does to everybody else.

You know, if everybody comes in here and just puts on the mask and somebody who really has a problem wants to be honest about it, looks around and say, my God they’re all great, what’s the matter with me? Instead of being able to sense and see my brother, my sister has a burden right now. They’re in a tough place. I need to encourage them. Maybe for me it’s morning. Maybe I’ve just come through a time of night, but I’m in a position to understand exactly where they’re at, and I can encourage them, and I can say God is faithful! You hang on, joy is coming! That’s another thing…well, I think I said that. But I think the end product of everything God is doing is morning, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

It never is the other way around. Always where God is seeking to bring us is to the place of joy. Isn’t it often the case that the more we do go through seasons of night, the greater the joy is when the morning comes? And what’s happened? God has sort of sculpted out, He’s dug out here…He’s made the pond bigger, made the holding pond bigger, and sculpted out some of the dirt. Now all of a sudden, we can hold more joy. Oh, thank God for his goodness to us.

So now David is testifying to all of this and here’s what happened. Here’s what caused him to do this. This is another thing. You see in this God bringing David to a place where he really reaches out to God. He knows it’s not just some cocksure, I’ll never be moved. Devil, you just give me your best shot, I’ll be fine, thank you very much. I have made up my mind, I’m gonna serve Jesus. I’m fine, and you just bring it on. Oh my, don’t you do that. You realize, I need to realize, I stand by grace.

( congregational amens ).

It’s, let the weak say I am strong.

( congregational amens ).

And David, of course at this point, he felt strong. Man, he felt like he was full of vim, vigor, and all the other stuff. But I’ll tell you, we need to come to that place, and we need to occupy a place where we know that we’ve got to cry out to God. We’ve got to have His help. Do you see God as being mean in doing this? No! God was seeking to wean him away from the ways of the world, the thoughts of the world, the way we think, and to bring him into a place where He could, in fact, become his source, become his joy, become all that God longs to be to everyone of us.

But how often we are just kind of running in our own strength and just sort of oblivious and we don’t feel our need like we should, and God has to shake our world a little bit. He has to do something to get our attention. And that’s evidently what He did here. And so David is really crying out. I mean this is not just some little ‘now I lay me down to sleep’ prayer. “To you, O Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy.” I mean he’s really thinking things are looking pretty bad here.

He says, “What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit?” It felt like to David…oh my God, God’s gone away, I’m gonna die! So he is sort of arguing, not arguing, he’s reasoning with the Lord. He is saying, what good is it gonna do if I go down, and I die, and I wind up in the grave. I can’t praise You from there. I mean this is real emotion. This is real stuff, folks. And I don’t see God rebuking him for praying honestly, do you?

( congregational response ).

God understands where we’re at. But even in this, there was a reaching out in the right direction, wasn’t there? David didn’t say, well, I decided I was gonna serve God and see how it worked out, and God went away. It didn’t work out, I’ll just go to “plan B.” The heck with God, I’ll just do my own thing. He didn’t do that, did he? That experience that he went through brought him to a place of need. He reached out in exactly the right direction. He poured out his heart honestly before the Lord. And that’s exactly what you and I need to do.

“What gain is there…” he said, “…in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me; O Lord, be my help.” Well how did it all work out? Like Dr. Phil says, how does that work out for you? How’d that work out for you? Well this is how it worked out. He said, “You turned my wailing into dancing.”

Well the dancing part is great, but he had some wailing to do before that. I mean this was the real outpouring of a heart in a sense of desperate need to the point where he was weeping. He was crying about the situation. There was real sorrow there because it says earlier, “Weeping may remain for a night.” You know, weeping isn’t necessarily some five minute experience, sometimes there is a season during which there is weeping, and then there’s still weeping, and there’s weeping. But God’s promise always is morning is coming.