Joy comes in de morning


Compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well!” [Psalm 84:6]

Who passing through the valley of Baca – This is one of the most difficult verses in the Book of Psalms, and has been, of course, very variously interpreted. The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate, Luther, and Professor Alexander, render it a valley of tears. The word “Baca” (בכא bâkâ’) means properly weeping, lamentation; and then it is given to a certain tree – not probably a mulberry tree, but some species of balsam – from its weeping; that is, because it seemed to distil tears, or drops of balsam resembling tears in size and appearance.

The true rendering is, “valley of lamentation,” or weeping; and it may have reference to some lonely valley in Palestine – where there was no water – a gloomy way – through which those commonly passed who went up to the place of worship. It may be used as emblematic of human life – “a vale of tears;” and the passage may be employed as an illustration of the effect of religion in diffusing happiness and comfort where there was trouble and sorrow – as if fountains should be made to flow in a sterile and desolate valley.” – [Barnes notes on Psalm 84:6]


John MacDuff

Child of God! There is not one drop of wrath in the troublous cup you are now drinking! Christ took all that was bitter out of it, and left it A CUP OF LOVE! God deals tenderly, wisely, and lovingly with His children.

In a little while the NIGHT OF WEEPING will be over, and a gentle hand in a tearless world will dry up the very source of tears! Every day is bringing you nearer that blissful reality —nearer to Him who is now standing with the hoarded TREASURES of eternity in His hand, and the hoarded LOVE of eternity in His heart!

How will one brief moment there, banish all the pangs and sorrows of the valley of weeping, to everlasting oblivion!

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning!” [Psalm 30:5]

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away!” [Revelation 21:4]



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