Ezra 3:11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.
Sometimes we cannot tell what’s going on in our life. Should we rejoice or be sorrowful. Today a dear old friend passed away. Callie and I used to work together and we attended the same church for years. I know her daughters, one particularly well and she actually did the covers of my 2 romance novels for me. Callie’s husband is a wonderful man. I am pretty sure that they are all sad today, but yet rejoicing with gladness. Our humanity allows for the contradictions. She will be missed, but she is with Jesus now and no more will we watch her suffer. She has gained the ultimate joy of seeing her Savior face to face. In these times we often can not distinguish between the sad and glad. Both bring tears.
Jesus wept at his friends grave, yet enjoyed the presence of children. God made us with emotion, expressing our joy and our sorrow is legitimate. There are other emotions that we must control, anger for instance. Sad and glad though are there for everyone to see and participate.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.