“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” Colossians 1:13
“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2
“. . . God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend [overcome] it.” John 1:5
“. . . the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” I John 2:8b
“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night HIs song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8
“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
When darkness and oppression overwhelm me, and I begin to doubt all the things I thought were true, God asks me to begin to sing. He wants me to remember that HE is the Truth and the source of my life. He sustains my life and gives me breath. He is Lord of who I am, for He is the great “I AM.” When darkness surrounds me is when I least feel like singing; in fact, at those moments, I can’t even recall a song to sing that would even pretend to sound authentic! However, Job 35:10 assures me that God my Maker is the One “Who gives songs in the night.” In times of darkness, when hope seems far gone and strength has vanished, God is asking me to sing — not MY songs, which are worthless to combat darkness, but HIS songs. He will give me His song to sing. He is calling me to sing in the darkness; He is inviting me to press in closer to the flame of His presence. He wants me to speak to the suffocating silence. He has called me to speak life in His Name. God has called me to sing in the desert; He wants me to speak to the dry bones — the bones of dead hopes and dreams, of unfulfilled promises. He wants me to speak life to others, even when I myself am afflicted with weariness. He wants me to breathe His life and breath on those around me in that valley of death. What He has begun, He will finish (Philippians 1:6). What He has conceived, He will bring to birth. Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13) The point is that He is NOT just the beginning of things, but also the end. He will finish in me what He has started! God is calling me to sing to the hopeless. He has called me to release the captives. He will give me His songs of deliverance from darkness, first for myself and then for those around me. God, give me breath to sing Your song in the dark place! Break forth with Your light and life!