Songs in the Night

April 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

By Gillis Killam –

Recently I read of two people who lost loved ones in two separate plane crashes. They were sharing their grief experiences with each other; how they had sleepless nights, wondering why this happened. I can’t really comprehend their grief because this has never happened to me; but they identified with each other’s grief and were able to bring comfort one to the other.

I do know what sleepless nights are, but for different reasons. Psalm 77 says that David knew about this, too, and wrote of it in the inspired Word which encourages us. He complained to the Lord in this Psalm, stretching out his untiring hands, groaning, with his soul, refusing to be comforted. His spirit grew faint and he was too troubled to speak. His questions are like ours, “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show His favor again?” It seemed His love had vanished forever.

David reflected on the days gone by, and the songs he had in the night that declared the mighty power of God. He mused about the miracles of the past and how Moses and Miriam sang of deliverance from Egypt. He also pondered how through the forces of nature God worked His miracles, parting the sea, the rains pouring down on the earth, the whirlwind, and the lightning. Then he said, “You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron” (Psalm 77:20 NIV). The gentleness of the shepherd is seen in this statement; that he understood what he was experiencing and truly cared for him.

Charles H. Spurgeon said in one of his sermons that people are often looking here and there in their distress, “But none saith where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night?” (Job 35:10 KJV). Spurgeon said, we shall, however, leave that inquiry, and dwell upon those sweet words, “God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night.”

Situations often seem worse in the darkness of night, but God is the one who gives us peace in the midst of unspeakable tragedy. Also, in these dark hours He desires to speak to us deeply, and put a song of praise in our hearts.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2 NIV).

About Gil Killam

Gil Killam was born in New Brunswick, Canada and served as pastor in 4 pastorates in Saskatchewan & Alberta, Canada. Gil is married to his wife Lorna and they have 5 children, 14 Grandchildren and 5 great grand children. He is a graduate of Eston College with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree. He also served President of his denomination. Gil enjoys golfing and reading in his spare time.

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