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A Song in the Night

April 22, 2007

Isaiah 30:29  “Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.”

This has always been a captivating thought for me.  Singing at a time when the path seems unclear and the outcome is in question.  When the physical realm isn’t completely observable and ordinary things cast ominous looking shadows across the landscape.  While it could be attributed to my nocturnal tendancies, (even though they haven’t helped in working third shift.)  I’m convinced that it’s so much more.  It’s the joy of the Lord that resides, even when doom and gloom seems to have carried the day.  A peace that passes all understanding while the ambience is saturated with uncertainty.  It’s Paul and Silas in the midnight hour; awakening the prisoners with heartfelt songs of deliverance.  It’s the fulfilling of Isaiah 26:3 which states:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

One thought that came to mind recently; a natural example of a spiritual concept.  In the night, when the world seems dark and the way forward obscured, the firmamant becomes visible.  Just as a candle will go unnoticed when the sun is shining, but in the midnight hour, it can be seen for miles.  Last week, I was rushing around the house getting ready to leave for work.  My thoughts were focused on getting everything around until finally, I had just enough time to get to work.  I ran out to the truck and there was confronted by a crystal clear night in which the stars seemed to just go on forever.   Suddenly, this world seemed so insignificant compared to the vastness of creation.   I found my thoughts upon the Lord Jesus who created all that is.  My running around for the past half hour was forgotten as my thoughts entered heavenly places.  (I’m referring to spiritual heavenly places.)   When we think upon the deep things of God and ponder his doings, the cares of this life seem so insignificant. 

when coming out here to write, I always strive to draw ones attention to the realm of the eternal.  This is why I don’t often talk about politics, financial matters, or whatnot.  (Although certain things may be brought up as to show how the globalist agenda is coming to pass.  This is to show that time is short and the worlds promises are fleeting.)  The previous post dealt with the subject of standing for the Lord Jesus in the face of adversity.  Here, I desire to focus on the presence of the Lord Jesus who is with us at all times, on sunny days, and stormy nights.  In times of peace and safety and in times when wicked devices seem to be coming to pass.  (I say “seem” because the devices of iniquity can never prosper.) 

John 16:33  “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

The fact that peace and tribulation in the same verse is no coincidence.  Gods peace supercedes all of the tribulation and affliction that this world can dish out.  The joy of knowing that, if this earthly tabernacle is dissolved, we have an building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  (II Corinthians 5:1)  It’s the truth that they can pursue us only to the grave and then no farther.  It’s knowing that there the prisoners rest together and hear not the voice of the oppressor.  (Job 3:18) 

Philippians 4:6-7  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God that passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

As we submit ourselves to God, he will keep us in perfect peace.  A peace that will defy the world around us and cause otherd to desire what we have.  The Philippian jailer is such an awesome example.  After the earthquake, Paul and Silas could have fled and praised God for delivering them.  The jailer would have done himself in and would be in hell at this very moment.  When he saw that Paul and Silas stayed put, it was obvious that they had something real.  That their singing wasn’t merely a pyschological method of dealing with an adverse situation, but came from a heart that rejoiced in the Lord Jesus Christ who had paid for the sins of all.   That night the names of an entire household were written in the book of life and today, they’re in the great cloud of witnesses cheering on the saints who still reside in the land of temptations.  One more passage before closing.

I Thessalonians 1:5-7  “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:  So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.”

Affliction and joy are mentioned in the same passage of scripture.  (verse 6)  This is just to point out that the joy of the Lord is not dependant upon physical realities.   It’s only dependant upon our being close to him and obediant.  Well, I have to be going for now.  I don’t have time to really review this, so any grammerical errors will be tended to later.  Until next time, I wish all a blessed day in Christ.

Psalm 77:5-6  “I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.  I call to remembrance my song in the night:  I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.”

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9 comments

  1. i was just thinking how great god really is today.

    he is greater than all of the most powerful leaders in the entire world put together.

    he’s higher than all the tallest buildings in the world stacked on top of each other.

    he’s beyond everything i could ever hope for or imagine.


  2. […] I just read Timbob’s post for today and something clicked in my head. It isnt by coinsidence that I went to his blog and […]


  3. Greetings Code. It’s always a blessing to hear your thoughts as they always reflect those of all who love the Lord Jesus. Our God is indeed awesome beyond our comprehension. Thanks for taking time to comment.

    Have a blessed evening in Christ.


  4. Greetings Andrea. Thanks for the ping and for taking time to stop by. Please let me know if you got the E-mail from a couple of days ago. Thanks for being in touch as it’s always a blessing to stop by your site and read your ponderings.

    have a blessed evening in Jesus.


  5. TIMBOB, yes I did get it 🙂
    And I replied today to it, because like in your life my life is crazy as well!
    Thank you so much for your support on this cause!!!

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea


  6. timbob, I appreciate your posts so very much, but I appreciate your heart before the Lord Jesus Christ, most. Thank you for being, who in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are and letting us share with you in this.

    Every Blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ to you and yours!


  7. “This is just to point out that the joy of the Lord is not dependant upon physical realities. It’s only dependant upon our being close to him and obediant.”

    I am amazed and humbled by the joy that believers around the world have. Especially those living in lands where their faith is punishable even by death. They know, much better than us, the meanign of what you just said. God bless.


  8. This was truly lovely Tim, as it draws us to the eternal presence of our Lord Jesus Christ where and peace is found, even in the midst of trial and tribulation.
    I’ve always been blessed at the account of Paul and Silas singing in the prison and would hope that if ever in such a situation I would do the same. Many are the nights I have awakened with a song on my heart. May we all have such a song in the coming night, and be filled with the joy of the Lord and peace that passes understanding in Christ Jesus.
    It was great talking the other night, thank you.
    May you have many more such moments as this of which you speak, where in the busyness of your day something brings you into that place of rest and peace as you consider eternity and the Lord whom you love so dearly. I to appreciate your heart for Jesus the eternal things of our God.

    Blessings to you timbob, great joy and peace!
    Susan


  9. Hi timbob,

    You said “when coming out here to write, I always strive to draw ones attention to the realm of the eternal.”

    Your striving is not in vain, brother, because I read your posts and immediately I am drawn to things eternal, as I am sure most of your readers would agree! Thank you for your continual focus on heavenly things and your willingness to share out here in the ‘land of blog’.

    Our Sunday school lesson for 3rd – 5th graders yesterday was centered around the story of Paul and Silas in prison. One of God’s promises for His children is that we will bear fruit. Even in the midst of unfair imprisonment, beatings, being chained up and put behind bars, Paul’s ministry was not stopped! His heart and soul had not stopped singing praises to the Lord! The fruit of joy, peace, longsuffering and faith were evident during his personal tribulation. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul was still bearing fruit even while suffering great physical pain and affliction.

    It is such a good reminder for me that no matter what befalls God’s children, it has been filtered through God’s loving Almighty hands first. He has a greater purpose in all things and gives us peace through times of great afflication!

    We serve an AWESOME God!
    Scotti



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