Tuesday, April 28, 2009

No Fear at Night

I am the Light by Danny Hahlbohm
I am the Light

Psalm 91:5
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night.

What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the glare of he broiling sun. Nor should this alarm us, for be the terror what it may, the promise is that the believer shall not be afraid. Why should he? Let us put it more closely, why should we? God our Father is here, and will be here all through the lonely hours; He is an almighty Watcher, a sleepless Guardian, a faithful Friend. Nothing can happen without His direction, for even hell itself is under His control. Darkness is not dark to Him. He has promised to be a wall of fire around His people-and who can break through such a barrier? Worldlings may well be afraid, for they have an angry God above them, a guilty conscience within them, and a yawning hell beneath them; but we who rest in Jesus are saved from all these through rich mercy. If we give way to foolish fear we shall dishonour our profession, and lead others to doubt the reality of godliness. We ought to be afraid of being afraid, lest we should vex the Holy Spirit by foolish distrust. Down, then, ye dismal forebodings and groundless apprehensions, God has not forgotten to be gracious, nor shut up His tender mercies, it may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love changes not. Children of light may walk in darkness, but they are not therefore cast away, nay, they are now enabled to prove their adoption by trusting in their heavenly Father as hypocrites cannot do.
"Though the night be dark and dreary,
Darkness cannot hide from Thee;
Thou art He, who, never weary,
Watchest where Thy people be."

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Image courtesy of All Posters


Candy said...

Spurgeon, great man of God, great words. We do serve an awesome God.
May we always walk in a manner worthy of His mercy.
Tuesday Blessings,

Patricia said...

God gave me victory over nighttime fears many years, but every once in a while the enemy will sneak in and attack me in this very place. Last night was one of those times. BUT just as the battle with fear began in my mind, I saw this post from you in my reader and the fear that had gripped me just minutes before was gone. Thank you, dear Cathy.

~~Deby said...

A perfect post ...especially with all that is on the news right now...thanks Cathy

jAne said...

I thought of Psalm 4:8 as I read this post, Cathy.

"I will lie down and sleep in p eace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."


Charlotte said...

Hello Cathy. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have visited both of your blogs and am very impressed with both of them. You have written some beautiful songs. I hope you will considering sharing with us on Spiritual Sundays. We put a new link up each Saturday for the weekend. I know your blogs would be a blessing to everyone who visits there.
here's the url for S.S. http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/

TJ said...

Great post. If our minds can keep ahold of the thought that God has His arms around us, we can have rest. I hate it when the enemy tries to put fear into us. But through God we can be victorious.

Southern Lady said...

Hi, Cathy ...

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment for me at my Southern Lagniappe blog. I'm so glad it led me to your blogs.

I enjoyed your beautiful music ... you are very talented.

I'll look forward to visiting you again soon.