September 30, 2020
- By Ed Powell
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"I call to remembrance my song in the night...." "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear and put their trust in the LORD." Psalm 77:6, 40:3
"A song in the night"...what does that mean? David said, "He heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God" (Psalm 40:1-3). David reflects his thanksgiving to God for redeeming him from the depths of sin. He now rejoices in all God has done, instilling in his heart the song of deliverance, liberty, and freedom. It's a new song...one he had never experienced before, because now he is reconciled to God, brought into an intimate relationship with Him, and now rejoices in communicating in blessed fellowship with Him.
Many other followers of Christ knew this "song in the night" that resulted from God's presence and power manifested within them. Paul and Silas were unjustly imprisoned, beaten with many lashes, chained to stocks, and guarded by hostile guards in the darkness of night. Instead of complaining about their devastating conditions, we read..."And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God." Their eyes were fixed on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of their faith. God gave them a "song in the night" that overcame all that men could place upon them. God can give us a "song in the night" when humanly speaking, there is no song to sing.
I had this experience in 1944 when fighting in W.W.II in Germany. Cold, wet, and snowing, the Germans began an artillery barrage on our position. Suddenly a shell exploded in a tree above me, and I was critically wounded. Both of my forearms and right leg were almost blown off. A piece of shrapnel pierced the back of my neck just missing my spine a quarter of an inch. BUT HE WAS THERE! They pulled me out of my muddy foxhole and laid me across the hood of a jeep, and we started back to the medical tent just behind the front line. God gave me a "song in the night" and I started singing "Only trust Him, only trust Him, He will save you, He will save you now." Thinking I would not make it to the first-aid station, I was going to sing my way right into the presence of the Lord!
God puts within the hearts of His own a child-like faith that "dares to trust Him" regardless of circumstances...an unwavering confidence in His providential care that finds an inner peace only God can give. This is God's doing and "it is marvelous in His sight."
Let me ask you. Do you know this wonderful Lord that can take the brokenness of our lives and make something beautiful out of them? Have you this intimate personal relationship that comes by placing your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior? You can as you DARE TO BELIEVE and entrust your all to the ONE who can lift you out of the miry pit, set your feet upon the rock Christ Jesus, and put a new song in your mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. He will give you a "song in the night" in the midst of the darkness of life! Let HIM be the Lord of your life and live His life through you.
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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