Night Songs

{This is a repost of a post I wrote for the Encouragement From Women Who’ve Been There Facebook Page}

Psalm 77 “I cried unto God with my voice…In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted…I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I call to remembrance my song in the night:“

Our first year in Honduras, we lived on a mountain. And while this mountain had its breathtaking beauty, its joyous high moments, and even a few calm meadows–it also had many dark pits.

Everyone goes through dark valleys at different points in their lives. Sometimes, these valleys are so lonely and difficult that there is no human who will come along beside you and help you out. These are the valleys that feel more like deep, dark, pits.

In the loneliness of these pits you can only cry out to God, even as the darkness seems to suffocate your words. You may be so weary that you do not even have the strength to pray. You can only whisper, “God, please, somehow, make this good.”

In those moments, when prayers barely make it past your lips and you are completely alone, you have a choice to make.

You can “curse God and die”.

Or.

You can sit down, rest your back against the dark wall of the pit, and listen for the songs.

“Call to remembrance” God’s blessings, his faithfulness, his past miracles. Let his memorized Words echo in your mind. Remember the voices of those who have blessed you with notes of encouragement. Let the Holy Spirit bring to your mind the faces of those who you minister to, who count on you, who love you.

These words, memories, faces–they are the songs that will give you the supernatural strength to keep breathing. Maybe you will sing them to the Lord as a sacrifice of praise. Or maybe God will sing them to your heart as a ministry of comfort.

You will not be in the pit forever. But while you are there—listen. Listen as God takes your pain, heartache, and fear and composes them together into melody, harmony, and lyrics.

Thankfully, the Lord brought us out of those particular pits, and brought us to a place of joy and healing. He is so good to us! He is good in the pit, and he is good in the high places. He gives songs in the night and songs in the day and it is all for his glory and our good.

Psalm 40:1-3

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”

If you are not in a pit, use this time of peace to strengthen your relationship with the Lord. Memorize scripture to have on tap for later. Build a small network of praying friends with whom you can be real and share the hard things together. Write down or take photos of the blessings and happy moments, to look back on and remember when they seem far away. Continue writing down or taking photos of those blessings when things get tough. These will be your songs in the night.