Dear Ministry Partner,
“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused and my spirit grew faint. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.”
We have all experienced those long and lonely nights when we agonise over a particular situation in our lives. It could be unmet needs in a marriage, the consequence of poor decisions, or unfulfilled expectations of important relationships. We pray and trust God earnestly, but He does not seem to answer our desperate cries for help. Like Asaph in Psalm 77, we end up with more questions than answers (Psalm 77:7-12).
The stillness of the night amplifies our silent cries as various situations troubling our hearts play back in our minds. Like Asaph, we may be emotionally drained and too troubled to speak. Our hearts long for an amicable resolution or breakthrough in the situation, but we are at our wits’ end. How then do we face tomorrow?
In those anguished moments, God puts His song in our hearts — “at night His song is with me…” (Psalm 42:8). Charles Spurgeon said, “It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is the skillful singer who can sing when there is not a ray of light by which to read.” The Father gave songs in the night to Jesus just before He went to the cross (Matthew 26:30), as well as to Paul and Silas when they were imprisoned in Philippi (Acts 16:25).
The song in the night is one of unwavering faith and steadfast trust in our Almighty God. In our darkest hour, we can hear God whispering His song to us with the assurance that He is in full control of our lives (Psalm 77:13-20). The song of the night illuminates who God is and we begin to see from His perspective. When we allow God to speak to our tormented souls, He immediately gives us hope and strength to face tomorrow.
The next time you are kept awake in the night, do not “fear the terror of the night” (Psalm 91:5) because He will “put a new song in (your) mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:3). Pour out your sorrows to Him and let His Spirit put His song in your heart.
Lam Kok Hiang