Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel. ~Isaiah 30:29
The Assyrians were the mighty world power during the days of King Ahaz. Israel would be overtaken by them. King Ahaz made an alliance with them, only to have them turn against him and Judah. The Lord intervened and delivered Ahaz and Judah. In is deliverance, God told is people that they would have a song as in the night when a holy festival was kept.
We see the redeemed.
Songs in the night are the songs of the redeemed: the saved people of God. It begins at the moment of our salvation. It is our realization that God has taken us out of the miry clay, placed our feet on the Solid Rock (Jesus), and put a new song in our heart. We no longer sing the music of this world, which is in the minor chord, but we sing the songs of salvation. These songs help us to rest our weary minds and bodies with the blessed assurance that "Jesus is mine; Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine; Heir of salvation, purchase of God; Born of His spirit, washed in His blood." These songs are what we sing privately and collectively when we assemble with God’s people.
We see the revival.
Songs in the night are songs of revival. We sing of the revival of our walk with God. This is when the believer’s prayer life and time in the Word are fresh and renewed as he seeks to have a daily walk with God. We sing of the revival of our witness for the Lord. This is where we enthusiastically tell others about their need of salvation. We sing of the revival of our wearied souls and body. It is when we experience the inner man being renewed day by day, even as the outward man perishes. We, once again, rest on the Lord and trust in Him, not in ourselves.
We see the rejoicing.
Songs in the night are songs of rejoicing. Singing during the major feasts was a highlight of the Jewish festivals. We rejoice that God is great and worthy of all our adoration. We rejoice that the Lord’s mercies are faithful and new every morning. We rejoice that our sins are forgiven. We rejoice that God loves us with an everlasting love and that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. We rejoice that Christ is our Solid Rock upon which we stand. We rejoice in the Lord that He makes no mistakes. Paul tells us, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
We see the reflection.
Songs in the night are songs that reflect our testimony. We are singing about the Savior Who loved us and gave Himself for us. These songs point the unsaved to Jesus as the Light of the world and the Solid Rock upon which we stand. They proclaim that He lives within our life, that His grace is greater than all our sins, and that Heaven is our home when we leave this life. Jesus said, “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Evangelistic singing lifts up Christ and draws the unsaved to Him. Yes, God gives us songs for our night. Night time can be lonely, long, and languishing. Yet, our songs in the night help to sustain and satisfy us. Let the songs in the night encourage you, but also testify of what God is doing in and through you.
Have a singing God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 74-77