Blessed Are They That Mourn

Blessed Are They That Mourn

  “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Mt 5:4)

To begin with, the Lord delights in those who are sorrowful on account of their sin. Part of the reason that God considered David a man after his own heart was his remorsefulness for his sins. David mourned  for his sins  and put sackcloth and ashes and fasted.

Psalms 51 is  his lamentation for his sins.  He sought comfort from God and got it.

A lot of mourning also takes place as the wicked oppress the righteous. This apparently seems to be the order  on earth since the old testament times and persists to our day.

After David  was anointed to become King of Israel by prophet Samuel, he subsequently went through much suffering  from King Saul and finally became a fugitive running away from king Saul’s army. He slept in forests , caves and had to pretend to be mad to survive.  His own confession states: 

  “I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.” (Ps 38:6)  

For You are the God of my strength;
Why do You cast me off?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
(Ps 43:2)

He also knew that  the Lord’s intervention  could turn his mourning into joy. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness (Ps 30:11)

The picture  that the Lord Jesus paints concerning His followers is not that of celebrities, but of people who are not at ease in the world.

His mission includes ministry to those who mourn;

To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
(Is. 61:3)

He foretold that his disciples would mourn , while the world rejoices. “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.(John 16:20)

Jesus never promised a glory train  here on earth for His followers. True followers of Jesus will face persecution, hatred, ridicule  and suffering for their faith.  This was the experience of early believers. It is also the experience of many  in our day who are going through painful  persecution for their faith. They are mourning.

 “And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation..” (2Co 1:7)

But there is a promise from the Lord that will not fail. Those who mourn will be comforted. In the end, the Lord has given a promise for those who mourn while on this earth.   “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.(Re 21:4)

One Christian  asked this solemn question to believers. “ Will there be tears for the Lord to wipe from your eyes? If we never mourn, from what shall we be comforted?