September 27 – Songs in the Night

“Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful. But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?’” Job 35:9-11 (NIV)

Job’s friend gave a sad commentary in these verses. Why is it men neglect or sometimes refuse to call out to their Creator for help when they are oppressed? Do you know that Satan wants you to believe that it is just your “lot in life” to suffer? Well, he is WRONG!

Notice that this passage says that God gives “songs in the night.” Satan’s domain has always been equated with works of “darkness.” That is why burdens seem so much heavier in the middle of the night than they do in the bright light of day.

However, God has promised, in Malachi 4:2-3 that “unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…and ye shall tread down the wicked….”  Therein lies your relief and authority. By His Spirit, Jesus will bring a song of healing in the night hours or in the spiritual dark hours of your life. His Light will shine forth, showing you the way out. Embrace this promise today!

PRAY:  “Where can I go but to You, Lord, when the darkness seems overwhelming. Thank You for the Light of Jesus shining in the night, giving me a song of hope and rest. Glory to Your holy Name! Amen.”

September 26 – Sing a New Song

“Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.” Isaiah 42:10

Isaiah is issuing a command in this verse — a command that you sing a NEW SONG to the Lord from your heart…a song of rejoicing and thanksgiving for God’s delivering power in your life.

David expressed his joy in song. “[The Lord] hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God….”  This song came after a great deliverance: “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” David saw his life as a testimony to others. “Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” (See Psalm 40:1-3.)

Nothing can compare with the JOY God puts in the soul of a man He sets free from the bondage of sin. “Miry clay” represents your body which was formed from the dust of the earth. When your feet are placed upon the “Rock,” Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit directs your “goings” to and fro, “A NEW SONG” springs forth from your spirit, making your life a melody others love to hear.

Think on His goodness, and sing your song to the Lord today!

PRAY:  “Father of all music, thank You for putting ‘a new song’ in my heart. Give me the words and the melody, and I ask You to add another verse each day. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

September 25 – Elements of Prayer

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” Revelation 5:8

Prayer is vital to the life of a Christian. You are called to the “ministry” of prayer. Effectual prayer requires:

1)  TIME – “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12) There is no substitute for TIME spent in prayer. There is no “short cut” to God.

2)  CONTINUITY – The Bible exhorts you to “pray always” and “pray without ceasing.” (Ephesians 6:18; I Thessalonians 5:17) Make your talks with God conversational, not repetitious. Next time you pray, pick up where you left off the last time you talked to God.

3)  PERSISTENCE – “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” (Luke 18:1)

4)  FERVENCY – “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b)

5)  SACRIFICE – “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Early morning prayer or fasting might represent sacrifice.

PRAY:  “God of mercy and truth, I am sorry we have not spent more hours together. I want to know You and grow in my ministry of prayer. Help me, Lord Jesus. Amen.”