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Songs in the Night

One can be proud of many things in this life, and yet the "song in the night" does not rate among them. It is the kind of music that seems depressing at first and has little to do with cheering the heart. Rarely does one seek to hear its heavenly sound, no less sing its melody. It is a dark and foreboding song that is easily discarded by the ear of carnality. It is purposely overlooked and merits little applause from the world. For the many who have uncircumcised ears, they hear its sound but do not perceive its message and therefore fear it. It is only those who have ears to hear the spirit who can distinctly determine its purpose in the dark and glean the joy found within.

Job 35:10 But none saith, where is God my maker who giveth Songs in the night.

There are those who seek not the songs in the night from the maker of songs because of different reasons:

1- They may take pride in being self-reliant and sing their own song. In this case, there an is unwillingness to acknowledge that God is music and the master musician who creates all that is heard. Walking in this humility will open the ear of the inner man to receive the sounds of heaven.

2- They may be afraid to go into the darkness. This is because one will fail to walk into the unknown without faith. The solution lies in the hearing of God's word so as to receive faith to go. (Rom 10:17)

3- They may be unaware that there is a song to receive from the maker of songs and thus are unaware of a better way to face adversity. The scripture says "But none saith" because it is not in their thinking and therefore not even a consideration.

4- They may have the perspective of the fleshly man that sees this music as the most unpopular song, least desired, and sung the least in a world of choices. This is of course because it is an unappealing sound to the natural man. One must learn to hear the song within the song, for this is the ear that senses His anointing.

Here in Job, Elihu, one of Job's comforters, wonders why no one is curious to seek God for divine joy in the trial of living. He wonders why no one has searched for the maker and giver of songs in their night. For this is where the song is found and heard. Surely Job had heard it by this time, and he must have paid an awful price for it. But it is observed that not many others were seeking to hear the song for their own lives.
So what exactly is a "song in the night?" By definition, it is written in the midst of struggle. Not a struggle representing defeat as those who sing the blues, or a lamentation that grieves over loss, but as we confront our pain the spirit inspires us with joy. In the place of travailing prayer, there is born the song of love that resonates as an offering before the Lord. In fact, the night song often avoided by the fleshly man, actually delivers the strength to the spirit-man needed for living as it becomes our prayer to God.

Ps 48:8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night His song is with me, -- a prayer to the God of my life. (NIV)

In time, with experience, God's song becomes our own as we become familiar with the night season. We have sung it before and have learned it well. We can reflect upon it to gather strength. In the end, it serves to stir and motivate our spirit toward inquiring of God once again in present adversity.

Ps 77:5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago.
6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired.

In short, if we seek not the maker who giveth songs in the night, we will never come to realize the night song written in our behalf or thus, the joy he has set before us. Those who are easily blown off course by the tribulations of this life will never come to hear the song that God is waiting to sing.

Zeph 3:17 The Lord God is with you, ... he will rejoice over you with singing.

For some, the willingness to endure adversity and let their lives write this song will result in nothing more than a jingle. Still others will have penned a symphony based on the accumulation of joy that was received in the hard place of fellowship with the Man of sorrows. This is, no doubt, based on a right response to the giver of songs. But whatever our lives merit, whether a simple melody or symphonic sound, it will be the Lord who sings our song over us with a rejoicing heart forevermore. For you see, as our lives become the song in the night, it is the score from which God sings over us.

-- by John Burns