Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Jesus Sang In The Night"

"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."  Isaiah 53:7

Yesterday we talked about singing songs in our "night time".  I asked if your song was one of self-pity, fear, etc.  Or was it one of praise and trust.  I went on to say that our song should be one of praise and faith in the Lord.  This morning I want to talk about this again.

Sometimes our "night time/season" is the worse time of our entire life.  It is the hardest thing we have ever gone through.  It doesn't/can't get any worse than what we are going through.  That being the case, how can we sing songs of praise, faith and victory?  The trial is just too hard.  It is too overwhelming.  It is impossible to sing songs of praise because the night is so dark.

It is not impossible.  We can sing a song of peace, praise, joy and victory in spite of the darkness of our night.  Consider Jesus.  He went through the darkest night ever known to mankind.  He was betrayed by one of His own disciples.  He was in agony to the point where He sweat drops of blood. He was taken like a common criminal.  Brought before an angry religious crowd.  Falsely accused.  Had a mock trial.  Beaten unmercifully.  Mocked.  Blasphemed.  Faced the death penalty.  Yet we never hear Him singing a song of self-pity, anger, resentment, fear, defeat, complaining, etc.  (He opened not His mouth.)  

It may seem impossible for us to sing a song of praise in the night, but if we look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; if we look to Jesus the One who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities; if we look to Jesus who was tempted in the same manner we are tempted; if we look to Jesus who has already walked in our shoes; we can find the strength and grace to sing a song of faith and trust and peace and praise in our night time.      

He didn't open His mouth and sing a "negative" song.  But He was singing a song of praise and peace inside.  We know this because He went through that long night because of the joy that was set before Him. (That joy was you and me, beloved.)  So, if you aren't at the place where you can sing praise in the night, just don't sing at all-- don't sing a negative song of defeat.  Look to Jesus instead, and look at Him for a while. 

Have a great day.  Singing a song of praise in the night is possible as you look to Jesus, the One who faced a darker night then any of us ever have.

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