Sing in the Dark

LifeLink Devotional

Thursday, September 21, 2017

 Psalm 89:1  I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Do you have a “go-to” place in the Bible? You know, that one passage of God’s Holy Word that centers you, stabilizes you, refreshes you, and restores hope?

I have several, depending on the need. But when it comes to a declaration of the steadfast love and faithfulness of God, Psalm 89 is high on the list.

The first 29 verses of Psalm 89 are one of the most encouraging and uplifting passages of praise in the Bible. It has been the theme for songs that we love, like the one written in 1977 by James Fillmore that goes:

 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever.  I will sing, I will sing.

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever.  I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.

With my mouth, will I make known thy faithfulness, thy faithfulness.

With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever.  I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.

There, for those of you who know it, I have successfully planted the melody in your head for the rest of the day. It will keep you company and you will find yourself praising Him as you go about your work and play. That’s the way every day should be lived.

Unfortunately, we allow life to get in the way of praising God. We are so quickly distracted from the character of God by the confusion of our circumstances. When the storms of life hit us and we are plunged into emotional darkness, as we wrote yesterday, we too easily forget that God’s steadfast love and faithfulness have been established forever (verse 2).

I find it interesting that at 5 AM today the power went out at our house, and was off until 7 AM, leaving me in darkness as I used a flashlight to have my devotions. God gave me a practical illustration of Psalm 88 and 89. You see, the same Levite who wrote Psalm 88, the dirge of darkness, is the same composer of this Psalm of rejoicing. He demonstrates for us that no matter how dark the circumstances of life, God has not changed, nor will He ever change.

  • When the skies go black, God is still praised in the heavens (verse 5).
  • When the winds whip up the seas into a frenzy, God still controls the waves (verse 9).
  • When enemies attack you, God is your Defender (verse 10).
  • He is strong and mighty, righteous and just (verses 13-14).

Even when, at the end of the Psalm, he again brings up the darkness of his situation (verses 38-51), he ends with a statement of praise – Blessed be the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.

I have personally experienced the emotional darkness of allowing circumstances to dictate reality. Yet in every one of those times, God has been loving and faithful. He has revealed to me the truth of Psalm 89:21 – My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.

I want you to know that no matter what you are going through, GOD IS GREAT AND GOOD! He has anointed you with the sacred oil of His Holy Spirit (vs. 20). You will experience His arm that is endued with power and His hand that is strong (vs. 13).  You will discover that when you see the reality that God’s steadfast love and faithfulness is constant behind the inconsistencies of life, you will be able to praise Him. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. (verse 15)

So today, regardless of the circumstances of life, join with me in proclaiming the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. In Him there is never a power outage.

I will sing of the LORD’S great love forever;  with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

I will declare that your love stands firm forever,  that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Pastor John

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