11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!– Psalm 30:11, 12 NLT
God is so good to us all the time. He is always working for us, turning evil into good and our times of mourning into times of joy and praise. It is His heart’s desire for us to live lives full of joy. Not happiness and pleasures, which are fleshly and temporary, but abiding joy deep down in our hearts. Joy that no one can take from us.
Joy, that is not pretended or unrealistic, but joy that is the fulfillment of the promise that Jesus made to His disciples and to us. It isn’t because we deserve it or have earned it in some way. It is simply because He loves us and wants us to love Him. He gives us His peace and joy so that we can be free to praise Him in every situation. So, that we can sing praises to Him and not be silent. It is true that there are roaring lions out there and one.in particular, that is trying to destroy our joy and us physically. It is hard to ignore a roaring lion, but as Spurgeon points out, Samson’s roaring lion yielded honey. God can produce joy and sweetness from the worst of situations.