Ps. 42:8 “Yet in the light of day, the Eternal shows me His love. When night settles in and all is dark, He keeps me company—His soothing song, a prayerful melody to the True God of my life.” (Voice)
So, what kind of song could Paul and Silas have been singing? Perhaps it was, “All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ Name! Let angels, prostrate fall; bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all! Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, Ye ransomed from the fall, Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, And crown Him Lord of all!” They were in chains and in the dungeon, but they were singing taping their feet and making music with the chains. The prisoners probably thought they were crazy, ‘your God is powerful, your God is the Lord of all, and you are in the dungeon?’ How can anyone be in such a situation and be singing hymns to God? But Paul and Silas were singing, “Hodu le-Adonai Ki-Tov, Ki Le-olam Chasdo.” Translated, give thanks to the Lord for His is good; for His mercy endures forever! [ps.136].
Ps.42:8 “Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” (KJV, emphasis added). Charles Spurgeon says, ‘Any fool can sing in the day… Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of men.’ It takes capacity to be in the night situation and sing. For instance, a parent whose child is ill, is holding the child in spite of the very negative doctor’s report and is still able to sing, “Lord, You are good and Your mercies endureth forever!” Someone is facing situations that are beyond his or her control and is still able to sing, “For the Lord is good and His mercy endureth forever”. You are still able to say that? You are going to get heavens attention. It is not for mean men, it is not for just anyone, you enter into a league of the extraordinary people that get songs from God at the midnight hour. Job 35:10 “Yet they don’t ask, ‘Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?”
Are you familiar with the story of Horatio Spafford? He had a family; his wife and four daughters. During the great Chicago fire, Horatio lost his business and everything he had. So, he sent his family to Spain. While his wife and daughters were enroute in the Atlantic Ocean, the vessel capsized and everyone in his family apart from his wife died. And when his wife got to Spain, she sent him a telegram saying everyone is dead only I survived. And immediately he got on the next available vessel to Spain to go and console his wife. When they got to the point where the vessel had capsized, the captain said to everyone on board that that was the very point where the vessel went down. Horatio, in essence, was sitting on the grave of his daughters practically because they were buried alive. And in that pain, in that ‘midnight’ situation, he penned a song. “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.” God is saying to you today, it is well.
Prayer: Father, I stand in this assurance and declare in the Name of Jesus that it is indeed well with my soul because You have declared it so, in Jesus Name. Amen!