Scripture for Today: Psalm 42:8 “By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”
Today is the official start of winter, marking the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter solstice makes for a very long and dark night. These days I awake before the sun just to take advantage of as much light as possible! For some people these dark nights can represent holidays that do not quite deliver. Expectations not met, hopes dashed and keen disappointments can mark these long nights. Sweet “Hallmark” moments do not match up with one’s reality. For some, the darkest nights occur when everyone else seems to be celebrating.
Ralph Waldo Emerson has said when it is dark enough, men see the stars. But today’s verse is no pithy saying. It is truth. His love is ours in the daytime. His control is seen in that He directs and commands His love toward us. His song is ours in the night, even in the long, darkest night. Circumstances can disappoint. People can disappoint. But HE does not. Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed (Romans 10:11). What an incredible truth!
During the darkest night, I can sing! He is God, yes. But like the psalmist, I can say that He is the God of MY life. He is my light when there is none around me. The hope He gives me lightens the gloom and keeps me looking forward. A song, a prayer, a praise and I feel that light-giving hope begin to burn inside and turn things around.
No matter how dark the night, thank you Lord, that my heart can sing because You give me hope.