23 nov. 2017

Song in the night

Long time ago, during a monsoon, when we were steaming down the Indian Ocean on our way to Australia, the clouds and atmosphere were thick. Sometimes it rained in torrents, and sometimes there was a kind of indescribable mist that wetted the ship and everything and everybody there. 


And then all at once, as by the strange magic of nature, there would come an aperture in the cloud; and just on one spot. It seemed to me, just on one spot the sun would shine on the troubled and turbid waters.


Everybody rushed on deck the moment that the sun thus glistened, and they got to the spot where they could see it best. And we all of us, with a kind of strange joy, hailed that gleam, that flash of sunlight on the sea. And it seemed to have taken us at once into a new world.

His song will be with me in the night - a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)


And here in this psalm, amid all the storm, did you hear it pelt, as I read it? Here is David talking to God, and David's soul is disquieted. And then all at once there is a gleam, yes, as that gleam of hope comes, he begins to blend prayer and praise together, and says: "I will sing, sing in the night, in the quiet and silent darkness I will sing."

Source: W. Buff

  • Can you tell me a little about your song - in - the - night - experience?

6 opmerkingen:

  1. During the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home. One night as they stayed in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort her, Gerhardt reminded her of Scripture promises about God’s provision and keeping. Then, going out to the garden to be alone, he too broke down and wept. He felt he had come to his darkest hour.

    Soon afterward, Gerhardt felt the burden lifted and sensed anew the Lord’s presence. Taking his pen, he wrote a hymn that has brought comfort to many. “Give to the winds thy fears; hope, and be undismayed; God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears; God shall lift up thy head. Through waves and clouds and storms He gently clears the way. Wait thou His time, so shall the night soon end in joyous day.”

    It is often in our darkest times that God makes His presence known most clearly. He uses our sufferings and troubles to show us that He is our only source of strength. And when we see this truth, like Pastor Gerhardt, we receive new hope.--Our Daily Bread

  2. 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

  3. Saw you at Fri Photo friends - hello landgenoot:) Have lived in the USA for 30+ years, but our son lives in the Hague. Like the first line of that that Pastor's son - give to the wind your fears - such a powerful image! Lovely sunburst here (I know about running outside to catch a sunburst for a sunset! But with the waves it's even more stunning!

  4. Beautiful picture!
    I will have to make a post about my song in the night but I had a meeting with violence and God saved me from it.

  5. This is beautiful...the story and the foto! I'll have to ponder on my song in the night experience! HOPE you're having a great weekend, my Friend!