by Jim Perdue

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A Song in the Night (8 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Jim Perdue
Psalm 119:49-56

Psalm 119 has one major focus: the Word of God. It uses various synonyms to describe the Word, but almost every verse references the Bible. To the psalmist, the Word provides his hope, assurance, comfort, and light. As we study this Psalm, I pray that God will give us a great passion for the Word so we can live according to its precepts.

Tonight, we come to Psalm 119:49-56 and we find a very interesting theme emerging - God's Word will give you hope, comfort, and peace in the midst of your suffering. Here, the psalmist finds himself in a dark place; night surrounds him. But just like Paul and Silas who were chained in prison at midnight, God gave the psalmist A Song in the Night. READ TEXT - PRAY

*It is said that during World War I, it became impossible to import beautiful singing canaries from Germany. People still wanted these singing canaries but they could no longer get them from Harz Mountains, Germany. A dealer in New York decided to start a system of training canaries to sing. He had bird songs put on records, and these proved of value. But one day he made a real discovery which meant success. He found that if he covered the cages with thick cloths, completely shutting out the light, the birds learned their song. It wasn't until their world became completely dark that the canaries really learned to sing. God sometimes teaches His children to sing in darkness. The Bible says in Psalm 42:8, Job 35:10, and Psalm 77:6 that God gives, ''songs in the night.'' What does this mean? God has a way of granting us joy through sorrow, victory through suffering, and purpose through darkness.*

*Someone asked C.S. Lewis, ''Why do the righteous suffer?'' ''Why not?'' he replied. ''They're the only ones who can take it.''* With Jesus Christ as my Savior and the Holy Spirit as my guide, I pray that I will face the darkness of this world with the joy God provides.

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