The Traveler Who Will Not Stay

“One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, NET).

Sorrow that lasts for the night, only to be chased away in the morning by the arrival of fresh joy… this is the perspective Holy Spirit invites you and me to have about our current suffering. No matter what we are going through, something better is coming. The God we serve is the God of hope. This is one of His vitally important titles (Rom. 15:13). Hope is an essential part of His nature; of who He is. He desires to make it an essential part of who we are, too.

I found this wonderful NET note on Psalm 30:5:

“Hebrew — ‘In the evening weeping comes to lodge, but at morning a shout of joy.’ ‘Weeping’ is personified here as a traveler who lodges with one temporarily.”

Isn’t that powerful imagery? This traveler, Mr. Weeping, is not here to stay. His lodging with us is only temporary. He’s just passing through. He will always, always be replaced by a shout of Joy with the first rays of morning light.

Joy is coming in the morning. You know what? I suggest this. Let’s go ahead and make hope our default mindset. In God, something better is always up ahead.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13, NIV).


How are you doing in the hope department?




20 thoughts on “The Traveler Who Will Not Stay

  1. “Weeping’ is personified here as a traveler who lodges with one temporarily.” I really like that description. Jesus is joy. He is hope. He is eternal, here to stay with us forever.

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  2. What if weeping is Christ’s lodging with us, so that in His weeping with us, space and trust are awakened in our hearts for that joy, as our eyes open to hope and faith and love in His withness with us? I have had Psalm 139 on my heart so much lately, as I have sat next to my girls, lamenting with them and seeing the beauty God is awakening in our midst in our drawing near with open and honest hearts: thanking Him for His gifts to us and sharing our pain with Him.

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  3. It’s thrilling to imagine the lad Jesus first reading Isaiah’s, “The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” (“He wakeneth my ear to hear as the learned.” KJV) Talk about a personal message!

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  4. Wow! And then I read this (that a friend sent me this morning):

    “After she finished her sharing, I stood behind her, gently placing my hands on her head in a ritual form of the laying on of hands. I wanted to pray for the healing of the little girl still inside this woman, the little girl who had suffered all these losses. But I could speak only a few words, for I felt a deep sorrow welling up within me for her emotional pain. I prayed forgiveness for the father who did not know what he had done. But by then I could no longer speak, for a great brokenness came over me, and I quietly sobbed on her behalf. Emotion does not come to me quickly, and so you can understand that what was happening was unusual, to say the least. There I was, standing behind her with great tears falling to the floor as I entered into her pain, repented for her father, and sought healing for her inner child. Evidently the tears did what the words could not, for she left substantially healed. This way of prayer we learn only in the school of suffering.” (Source:

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    1. I can relate to this story. I’ve had moments, praying with broken people, where Jesus shared with me His pain for their pain, and I wept with them. I could feel His healing flowing through the tears. This is beautiful.


  5. A GREAT REMINDER POST …….joy the great Gift of God the Holy Spirit. Unseen surprising. Comes indeed after a night of weeping and prayerful repentant sorrow, Thank you.

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  6. Thanks, Jennifer; especially in light of eternity, whatever sorrows we experience here are truly only temporary. Having seen three of my siblings go to heaven less than a year apart from one another, although I miss them, my heart is filled with joy, and I look forward to joining them one day!

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    1. Keith, that is an amazing testimony of how much the Holy Spirit has imparted to you an eternal perspective. That is such a special gift. How long have they been in heaven at this point? What a glorious reunion that will be!

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  7. This is a delight! Hope is becoming my default mindset little by little. I still have times when I stutter and areas of my life which require more work than others, but I’m definitely getting there with God’s help. ❤️

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