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… in the night, His song…

Posted by Kathryn

Oct

13


There is a sweet elderly friend of our family who is known for perpetually having a song in his heart. You know – one of those delightful people that just exude cheerful music no matter what time of day or night it is or what is being encountered. Well, this man (we call him “Grandpa”) has a reputation far and wide for humming, singing, playing the harmonica in duo with his dear little wife, making up new words to match old tunes, or simply listening to music – constantly. “Grandpa” has been a part of lives ever since I can remember, and he is one of those that we can all say has had a tremendous influence on our walks with the LORD. One evening years ago, we sat together around our table enjoying a meal, and as always, throughout the course of the repast many topics came and went in the discussion. Even though eating together was a very common occurrence, this particular dinner stands out in my mind because of a specific challenge Grandpa gave to us young people. In essence, he exhorted us to be intentional about storing up a treasury of the rich, quality, Scripturally-sound songs and hymns that godly men and women have written, while we were young. Having entered the stage where memory is not always as clear as in earlier years, he shared the testimony that, while many things have faded from his mind, it is the songs of the faith that have remained with him, continuing to bring fresh stores of comfort and strength on his journey heavenward.

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Throughout this year, the LORD has brought specific songs to my attention with beautifully perfect timing. Earlier this spring, one of my dear sisters spontaneously designed something which included the hymn, Jesus, Lover of My Soul. Without her even realizing it, it was just what I needed at that time. Shortly after that, another dear sister pulled an old recording from our closet and put it in, directing my attention to a lovely song titled, Fear Not, I am With You. This song spoke volumes to me, as it is an almost word-for-word musical rendition of one of my favorite verses – Isaiah 41:10. Another time God used a violin student’s assignment to remind me of All the Way My Savior Leads Me; a later one was Abide with Me.

It was not until recently, though, that the LORD opened my eyes and revealed what He has been doing. As the experiences of life have deepened, and trials, joys, tests, decisions, victories, and struggles have come and gone, it has seemed that with each new dimension, He has had a new song for me.

Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8

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Through the writings of many saints throughout history, the Psalms, and other passages of Scripture, God has given us a musical wealth of encouragement and blessing. He has been demonstrating to me, that, as we are faithful to learn them, He mercifully brings them back to our remembrance right when we need them most. His songs come to us “in the night” – times of darkness, doubt, decision, disappointment, and discouragement – and illuminate the shadows. How graciously kind He is!

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A few weeks ago, I was blessedly reminded of yet another song by yet another dear sister. We’ve known this song for years, but in a passing conversation, she mentioned it; and oh! how much it has meant during this season of my life.

 

Bow the Knee
M. Harland & C. Machen

There are moments on our journey, following the Lord,
When God illumines every step we take.
There are times when circumstances make perfect sense to us,
As we try to understand each move He makes.
[But] when the path grows dim and our questions have no answers – turn to Him.

Bow the knee; trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
Bow the knee; lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One Who holds eternity.
And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
In the presence of your King, bow the knee.

There are days when clouds surround us, and the rain begins to fall;
The cold and lonely winds won’t cease to blow.
And there seems to be no reason for the suffering we feel;
We are tempted to believe God does not know.
When the storms arise, don’t forget we live by faith and not by sight.

Bow the knee; trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
Bow the knee; lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One Who holds eternity.
And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
In the presence of your King, bow the knee.

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So this week, this month, this year… through whatever night you may be passing, may His song be with you.



6 Responses to “… in the night, His song…”

  1. Sharon K Says:

    ‘Bow the Knee’ is one of my favorite songs, Kathryn! But all the hymns with rich theology, truth, and comfort have been my main-stay over the years. Whether new or old, Godly songs are such a blessing at just the right times! Thank you for this post.

  2. Crystal Says:

    O yes, how precious and blessed the dear old hymns are! I am so thankful that my mom played a conservative radio station for us when we were growing up. A heart treasury of hymns is a wonderful living legacy.

  3. Esther Says:

    Amen, Kathryn! Singing the truth of the scriptures is such a huge encouragement! I recently read through several books of hymn histories and it was incredible to see what people were going through when God gave them these songs.

  4. Jacob Martin Says:

    Thank you for the encouragement, Kathryn! I am a person always humming, singing, playing or listening to something, but I often forget to take the extra time to look at and think about what it is, and what God may be trying to teach me or awaken me to. I can only think of times when I may have needed encouragement from a song but overlooked it. It Is Well With My Soul is my favorite, and the man who wrote it did so while passing over the spot on the ocean where his daughters had drowned in a shipwreck. These songs are truly a testament to the power of God.

  5. EAC Says:

    That was a sweet post, Kathryn. I’m so blessed to have a Godly grandpa that is a joyful influence on others!

  6. Sarah Says:

    So blessed by this as well dear sister! Thank you for the encouragement once again, I think I can listen to this song over and over again and not grow tire of it. So applicable to daily life! I love you so much! <3

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