“Yet they don’t ask, ‘Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?’ ” - Job 35:10
When the young Elihu finally got a chance to speak to Job, he pointed out that even in the middle of Job’s suffering, God was still there and still concerned. Elihu may not have had all the right answers, but he did remind Job of God, the Creator, “the one who gives songs in the night” (Job 35:10).
Do you sometimes need songs in the night? I know I do. When the darkness descends upon my worry and suffering, the pain only seems to intensify. In the dark, I need God to send me a song. The psalmist exhorted people to “sing for joy as they lie on their beds” (Psalm 149:5)—and for good reason. Songs can lift the downcast soul and help ease the suffering.
It is comparatively easy to whistle a tune under a cloudless sky. In fact, I seldom suffer from insomnia when all is well. It is trouble that chases sleep away. When I can’t sleep, when I am afraid and find no comfort, when my thoughts run around in my head and refuse to let me rest, then I need to ask God to fill my nights with joyful songs. I need to remember other sleepless nights—how the day dawned and the shadows flew away when he gave me a song to sing.
There have been sleepless nights, but never a night unmatched by a song! God brought me words of comfort—songs in the night. God is the songwriter. It is up to us to listen, learn, and then to sing!
For Further Study: Job 35:1-16
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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