Dark Night There Is Light
Spreading The Truth One Byte At A Time
By Ron Bender© 2008, 2013
From time to time we all go through trials in which we lose heart and feel overwhelmed with discouragement, worry, or exhaustion. The painful times are “Dark Nights of the Soul” when our prayers seem to go unanswered and God’s comfort cannot be found.
All Christ-followers go through Dark Nights when God seems distant and prayer and other spiritual activities do not yield the experience of God’s blessings as they have in times past. But few people today have been trained in how to deal with these spiritual trials.
Inspired by Psalm 77, a prayer for the Dark Night of the Soul that I want to share with you.
Watch and Pray
The best time to offer this prayer and to meditate on God’s wisdom from the Psalmist is before you get to your next Dark Night experience. Prepare your heart now. “Watch and pray” with Jesus (Matthew 26:41). Get a hold of your self and pray to become the kind of person who when God seems distant, unkind, unfair, or just unhelpful you will still demonstrate your love and adoration for him simply because he is good.
Will you worship God when no blessings are coming your way? Will you trust that the Lord is with you and delight in him even when you are in the valley of the shadow of death and you do not feel his presence or help? The Psalmist shows us the way…
In the Night I Remember You
Help me! O God. Hear my prayer.
At night I keep stretching out my hands to you –
But my soul finds no comfort.
I remember you and I groan with longing for you… Selah.
I have lost heart.
I cannot sleep.
I am too upset to speak.
I remember my night songs and I sing to you… Selah.
Will you never show me your favor again?
Has your promise failed me forever?
Have you forgotten to be merciful?
I remember your deeds of love and I meditate on you… Selah.
Your ways, O God, are holy.
You are great and glorious.
With your mighty arm you have saved us.
I remember your miracles and I give thanks to you… Selah.
You path, O Lord, leads through the sea;
We follow your unseen footprints;
We walk by faith, not by sight.
I remember you, Lord Jesus Christ… Selah.
I remember your cross of love… Selah.
I remember your resurrection… Selah.
I remember you sent your Holy Spirit… Selah.
More Bytes of Truth
The Other Side of Deep Darkness is another Psalm prayer for a Dark Night of the Soul.
The Lamb Became the Shepherd: On the Cross Jesus got through the darkest night by praying Psalm 23 — he is with you in your Dark Night of the Soul.
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