In Matthew 5:4, Jesus teaches, “Blessed [happy] are those that mourn for they will be comforted” (NIV). We classically think that “to mourn” rallies a picture of someone grieving at a funeral, wearing black, hanging
their head and weeping because a loved one has just passed away. Or we think about mourning over our fallen world full of sin, mourning over the complacency of the Church, and so on.
While these are all true examples of mourning, I believe Jesus was referring to something even deeper in Matthew 5:4. I believe Jesus was saying: Blessed (happy) are those who get on the outside what is really going on in the inside, for they receive comfort. God makes a statement of truth. Allow me to explain. When we are real with God and we tell Him what is really going on inside our soul (mind, will and emotions), He supernaturally brings peace and comfort. God is fully aware of the stuff going on inside us. He is simply waiting for us to share it with Him, so
that He can deliver His great comfort.
This is actually what David was doing in Psalm 22. David was telling God exactly what was going on inside him. David began to receive comfort from God as he declared who God is: “Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel” (Ps. 22:3 NIV).
In the Beatitudes, Jesus was proclaiming what believers act like and what they produce. “Blessed are the poor in Spirit” (Matt. 5:3 NIV). They are spiritually bankrupt, yet they get the kingdom of God. All things in the kingdom are backwards to the things of this world. We have nothing to give God, but we get all things. Blessed are those that mourn and tell God everything that is going on in their soul for they will receive comfort from God. Kingdom people have the privilege of telling God everything because they know that He will receive them and all their frailties and weakness. He actually loves our weakness!