It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God...love God more. Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote.
Dark nights I thought would never end but God teaches me even in the darkest of midnight I can cry out to Him. When insulted or ridiculed I can turn to God's instruction. God's Word gives hope in pain and affliction. We can find these assurances in Psalm 119:49-51; Psalm 29:10; 71:20 and Romans 15:4.
Yahweh, I remember Your name in the night, and I obey Your instructions. (v. 55)
It is often in the dark of night that the daytime problems become bigger than life. Worry is easier when it's dark. Remembering our God's Name and Words when we are awake in the middle of the night is a great way to put us back to sleep. This past week my heart has been heavy for many of my friends facing darkness. The death of a beloved sister(not mine), but a friend, very serious health issues of two sisters in Christ who are running to their God for refuge and strength(Psalm 119:114) when the circumstances overwhelm. And a dear friend whose dad is fighting cancer. As one of them said to me while facing the unknown
How does anyone go through life without God?
A great question. When faced with life-threatening illness, a failed marriage, financial devastation or anything that threatens to undo us, where do we turn? Who can we trust to see us through?Can we sing even in suffering?
Praying the Psalms and singing hymns or praise songs is a good place to start...even when suffering.