“Any man can sing in the day… it is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is the skillful singer who can sing when there is not a ray of light by which to read… Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of man.” -Charles Haddon Spurgeon
David was a man who understood the need to praise His God. In Psalm 68, he penned a song which I am pretty sure he sang in the night. He was a man who also knew how to encourage himself in the Lord. He learned how to do that by being in a position where there was noone else encouraging him.
In Psalm 68:1, He says, “May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him.” He recognized that there were enemies of God. As a friend of God, you will recognize that there is opposition to God in this world.
The opponent of God will try to stop you too. The enemy of God is also an enemy of your soul. His name is Satan, the devil, the author of lies. He will try to stop you from God’s best in your life.
Comedians have joked about the power of Satan. “The devil made me do it.” Jokes have been made about people going to hell and what they find there. Songs have been sung about the devil, and yes I’m sure his activity can be found in Georgia. Brevity aside, the devil is real and at work and he hates you. Jesus called him a thief who is out to “steal kill and destroy” (John 10:10) and he plays for keeps. He is your enemy.
While exposing the work of the enemy, in the next breath Jesus speaks life. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Now that’s reason to rejoice! David had a glimpse of what praise can do. He knew that God was more powerful than his enemy. He knew that as he praised, he experienced God’s power.
Do you need power to overcome an enemy? Praise Him. “Sing to God, sing praise to His name” (Ps. 68:4). Have you lost loved ones? Praise Him. Ps 68:5,6, “He is “a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows”. “God sets the lonely in families.”
Have you felt trapped? Maybe your trap is literal or figurative, concrete or spiritual? Praise Him. “He leads forth the prisoners with singing” Ps. 68:6.
So many people are having physical, spiritual and financial difficulties now. So many are working hard and unable to get ahead. Many can’t find a job and are struggling in so many ways. It’s a dry season.
David understood and knew the power of God even in a wasteland. A wasteland is defined as a place that is desolate, barren or ravaged. It is a place, an era, an aspect of life that is lacking in spiritual, aesthetic or other humanizing qualities; a vacuam.
I’ve been in the wasteland before. David has as well. He reported that God went out before His people and “marched through the wasteland, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God.” (Ps. 68:7,8) God knows how to refresh His people. “You gave abundant sowers, O God; You refreshed your weary inheritance” (Ps. 68:9).
So, are you lonely, trapped, feeling opposed, wasted and weary? Praise Him. There is power in praise. God will refresh your soul and fill your spirit. He will arise in the midst of your desert place and provide for you. Sing to Him. He will even give you a song. Psalm 40:3, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
Father, today we pray for a new song. You are worthy to be praised. Father, we ask You to come in the midst of our circumstances, however dry, lonely, weak or dark this season in our life is we declare and know that YOU are bigger and greater. However much of a dustbowl the dry and weary land is around us, physically or spiritually, You are a God who gives showers of rain to refresh Your people. Rain on us today, Oh God. Be glorified in all seasons of our lives as we give You praise because You alone are worthy and bless Your people with abundant life. We thank and praise You in Jesus name. Amen.