Song birds are taught to sing in the dark. (Oswald Chambers)
In Matthew 10:27 (NIV) Jesus says, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”
Sometimes the best place to “hear” the song that God has for you is in the quiet, humble, solitude of the dark. There is a space between the ending of the night and the dawning of day that is still and quiet and also dark. It is a time between night and day, when the night is over, yet the light of day isn’t seen. It is a time where everything seems to be absent of light, yet the clock tells us that the new day has begun.
It’s in this time, a time commonly associated with trials and afflictions, that we often find our greatest songs. It’s the period after the darkest night has passed and the promise of day is just beyond the horizon. Many times, our joy will be strengthened in these quiet times, when it seems we’re surrounded by this overwhelming darkness and everyone else around is asleep and unaware of our pain, suffering or grief.
But it’s in these times where, if we posture ourselves just right, we’ll hear the song that God has for us. But it doesn’t stop there. You see, Jesus whispers those songs of hope and faith into the ears of our hearts and souls, and empowers us to shout them from the rooftops. He speaks life into our humbled circumstances and calls us up to proclaim that life, that hope, and faith to others in the daylight.
Now, the songs I’m talking about, might not even be literal musical songs, but they might be a whispered song that breathes beautiful strength and hope into your situation. It might be a melody that drifts in on the wind of His whisper that revitalizes the spirit within us.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)
Here’s a 2 part challenge:
- Put your faith and trust in Jesus when the storms come. When you’re in that dark night. When you can’t see the light, but you’re just barely holding on to some shred of hope that Jesus is going to illuminate your horizon with an answer, a solution, a rescue. Listen for His instruction. Heed His voice and search out that song.
- Wake up early to find a solitary place. A still, dark place where you can implement a practical application of this principle. Jesus went away often to find solitude – to pray and to hear what the Father had to say to Him. We should practice this discipline as well.
Russ Hutto is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community.
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