Getting a Song in the Night

Michael Beck

“Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)

There is great gratefulness for the morning light when we’ve been in a long night of weeping. Give us a choice between pain or pleasure and we’ll take pleasure any day of the week. Contrary to what some may think, God is not a “cosmic sadist,” who takes pleasure in our pain. To the contrary, He gives us plenty we can and should be happy about. He “giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17)

But our Maker knows us all too well. Our tendency is to forget His existence when all is light. Or maybe: “Oh yeah, thanks God! See you later.” Our God is a very generous being. He delights in giving good gifts to His children; but more than anything else He wants to give us more of Himself. He wants us to know Him in all His fullness. And He knows where we are most apt to meet Him – in a long, lonely night; in a dry and thirsty land; in a place of affliction and want.

We want the “good life;” but God works all things together for the best life. This is a life where we know Him intimately. Pray for the morning of your joy to come. God will be rejoicing with you when it does. But meet with your God in the dead of night. This is your special time with Him, designed for you to draw near to Him, and Him to draw near to you. In it He will give you a song that the light of day could never produce.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.