Friday, February 3, 2017

"God my Maker, who gives songs in the night?" Job 35:10 
Sorrow finds its way into the heart — and also steals within the home; for there is not a homestead the wide world over that does not sometimes have the shadow of grief cast across its threshold. The noise of a great city does not frighten sorrow away — nor does the calm and quiet of a country village afford any protection from its entrance.
Although we here this morning differ in many respects, in one thing we all agree: "Every heart knows its own bitterness." We do not care how old or how young the heart may be — there is not one that is a stranger to grief, or unacquainted with sorrow. Trouble is the portion of all; and while we stay here on earth we are sure to have our appointed share. "Man is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward!" Job 5:7. "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows." John 16:33
If you are mourning over troubles here, and cannot sing about earth, then sing about Heaven, for the darker your nights below, "they will only make Heaven more sweet at the close."
May the Lord save you all, and bring you all as sinners to a simple trust in Jesus crucified. And when we pass through that last night on earth, and as we are passing through the varied nights I have feebly attempted to describe — may we all find, to our heart's rejoicing, Him who gives songs in the night. May the Lord add His blessing for Jesus' sake. Amen.
- Archibald G. Brown: Songs in the Night!

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