Songs in the night, sung in the morning

Psalm 42--8The Verse of the Day for August 21, 2015 is found in Psalm 42:8 (NLT):

But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

The latter part of the verse tells us “. . . through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.”

The New King James Version mentions “. . . And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”

In Job 35:10 we find a reference to “God, my maker, who gives songs in the night,” while the Psalmist makes a similar reference in Psalm 77:6

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Isaiah 30:29 in the Amplified Bible also describes such a special song:

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart as when one marches in procession with a flute to go to the temple on the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.

The expressions related to “songs in the night” bring to mind this original song:

 Songs in the Night

Though the battle is long

And opponents seem so strong

And everything you do seems to always turn out wrong,

At your point of need, God is faithful and true.

God will encourage your heart and strengthen you,

He will lengthen your courage and see you through.

You are not alone; God remembers His own.

God will give,

Yes, God still gives songs in the night.

Songs in the night to brighten the road.

Songs in the night to lighten the load.

Songs in the night to comfort and assure,

To uphold you and to help you to endure.

You are not alone; God remembers His own.

God will give,

Yes, God still gives songs in the night.

The Concordia Choir provides a moving rendition of “My Song in the Night”:

As we conclude this blog entry, Psalm 30:5 (NLT) comes to mind:

For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

Indeed, God gives “Songs in the Night, Sung in the Morning”:

Songs in the night, sung in the morning:

Behold, the Light, a new day is dawning.

This is the day that the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We praise the Lord, our God who gives

Songs in the night, sung in the morning.

We praise the Lord, our God, who gives

Songs in the night, sung in the morning.

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