I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
There are times in our lives when the Lord seems distant and our prayers seem meaningless. In those dark moments of life it seems easy to slip into loneliness and depression. David knew this reality far too well; even though he was God's anointed he felt the sting of seemingly worthless prayers.
But in this Psalm he takes time to remind us that God does answer prayer. Our dark moments are only temporary, our weeping is only for a night and our joy comes in the morning. The joy the Lord brings can’t be contained; it causes action and celebration. I don't know your inner struggles but God does. Give it all to Him in prayer!
The Lord has recently blessed my wife and me with a daughter and we chose to name her Yanai, which means “God will answer.” We chose this name to be a constant reminder that God will answer our prayers and that we should not lose hope as we go through the dark times of life.