My soul yearns for you in the night;
in the morning my spirit longs for you.
When your judgments come upon the earth,
the people of the world learn righteousness.
Let Us read it as per “Contemporary English Version”
Throughout the night, my heart searches for you, because your decisions show everyone on this earth how to live right.
With my soul … in the night – By desiring God in the night and by seeking him early, is meant that the desire to seek him is unremitted and constant. In the night; i.e. “the long night of the affliction.” Will I seek thee early;
The Bible says it is not a mere selfish desire for the cessation of persecution that causes the righteous to long for the time when God’s judgments would be manifested upon the earth, but a conviction that so only would an impression be made on the persecutors, and a certain number of them be induced to learn righteousness. So the punishments which he inflicted were intended to lead people to learn righteousness.
Learn righteousness – The design is to warn, to restrain, and to reform them. The immediate reference here was undoubtedly to the Jews, in whom this effect was seen in a remarkable manner in their captivity in Babylon. But it is also true of other nations; and though the effect of calamity is not always to turn a people to God, or to make them permanently righteous, yet it restrains them, and leads them at least to an external reformation, It is also true in regard to nations as well as individuals, that they make a more decided advance in virtue and piety in days of affliction than in the time of great external prosperity.
So the Bible teaches us that the problems we face are meant to move us to God, that by afflictions men will learn to fear God.
So our God wants us to be thoroughly devoted to Him, so as to secure both stability and peace.
The Bible explains the reason for God’s righteous judgement of mankind – ‘that the world may KNOW that I am the LORD’.
It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all come to faith in Christ. May we not grow weary of well-doing, but tell forth good news of the gospel of grace – that Christ died for our sin, that He was buried and rose again – so that whosoever believe on HIM would not perish but have everlasting life.
For His Glory….