by Linda Veath
I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search. Psalm 77:6 NKJV
What is it about darkness, about night, that frightens us? No matter our age, we have all at some point in time been afraid of the dark.
For one thing, we can’t see what’s out there. Plus darkness has long been associated with evil, suffering, distress, despair, being alone and lost. Consequently, it can become very easy to let our fears take over in the darkest hours of the night.
But even the night has a song — a gift for us from the Lord (Job 35:10). God created darkness (Genesis 1:1-3). And when He laid the foundations of the earth, the morning stars sang for joy (Job 38:4,7). They knew then what we need to remember now.
God uses the night seasons to instruct us (Psalm 16:7) so we needn’t fear the darkness (Psalm 91:5). He visits us in that darkness (Psalm 17:3) lighting our way (Psalm 18:28) so that we see Him and desire Him (Isaiah 26:9). So that we meditate on Him (Psalm 63:6). And hear His glorious voice (Isaiah 30:29-30).