“The Night Shall Be Light”

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall
fall on me,
Even the night shall be light about
me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide
from You,
But the night shines as the day,
The darkness and the light are both
alike to You.
‘ ”  Psalm 139:11-12

From Jesus’ darkest hours came our brightest hope.

Lord, help me to see You in the dark.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Divine Light

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I wonder if the tomb
shown bright

once it was
sealed tight

and if my
darkest times

are really
the most divine.

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55 Comments

  1. OH WOW, SIS–(I feel like I should have whispered!). This is an awesome ponder–and I think I can answer, at least from my recent Valley experience: darkness, yet most divine because of WHO HE IS; and because I knew nothing else but that HE WOULD bring me through. And if that’s all we’ve got, it’s still HUGE. God bless you BIG and bring you His REST. Thank you for all the blessings He pours through you, to me–love from your forever sis, Jael-caddo

  2. I appreciate your words Deb I tender another thought on Darkness which is perhaps located in thought when not given to the hope in Jesus: I will speak now of the noise in silence.

    Hello darkness, my old friend,
    I’ve come to talk with you again,
    Because a vision softly creeping,
    Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
    And the vision that was planted in my brain
    Still remains
    Within the sound of silence.

    In restless dreams I walked alone
    Narrow streets of cobblestone,
    neath the halo of a street lamp,
    I turned my collar to the cold and damp
    When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of
    A neon light
    That split the night
    And touched the sound of silence.

    And in the naked light I saw
    Ten thousand people, maybe more.
    People talking without speaking,
    People hearing without listening,
    People writing songs that voices never share
    And no one dared
    Disturb the sound of silence.

    Fools said I, you do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows.
    Hear my words that I might teach you,
    Take my arms that I might reach you.
    But my words like silent raindrops fell,
    And echoed
    In the wells of silence

    And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon God they made.
    And the sign flashed out its warning,
    In the words that it was forming.
    And the signs said, the words of the prophets
    Are written on the subway walls
    And tenement halls.
    And whispered in the sounds of silence.

    The above words written by Paul Simon are descriptively appropriate to a person’s internal perspective and mental function. Living alone has its advantages as well as drawbacks. One thing about living alone is there is no competition for your immediate attention and you are able to further introduce yourself to the real conflict within which is noisy thought and the place of despair.

  3. Oh Debbie, this is magnificent!!! I feel like framing it for my wall…
    Thank you for this incredible reminder of how Jesus truly turns the seemingly black on its head, with His amazing whiteness.
    God bless you today as you bless us all…
    Ali

  4. You have got me imagining the guards outside the sealed tomb seeing light around the edges and the fright that would give them. – Ha! Wonderful picture Deb!

  5. Great thought Debbie. Light in the dark tomb, interesting. Thanks!

  6. Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  7. Praise Jesus! 😀 Beautiful Deb…

  8. I absolutely love this! I feel like your first commenter… This makes me feel like I should be whispering. His marvelous light shines so bright… even in our very darkest hours. There have been times in my life I thought I was alone in deepest darkness… only to look back and see I was actually so surrounded by His light that I was Son-blinded!! He is so good to never leave us nor forsake us, isn’t He?!! God bless you, Deb!

  9. that brings such comfort in the struggles of the world Debbie

  10. Lovely, Debbie! The longer I live the more I believe that our “darkest times” are truly the “most divine.”

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  11. Many times when I’m struggling, someone might ask, “How are you doing today?”

    I often reply, “From God’s viewpoint, today is a heavenly great day. From mine, it stinks. I probably need to change my attitude and agree with God.”

    So, as you asked, “Are the darkest times really the most divine for us?”

    Maybe. We have the power to make that decision, just like Jesus had the power to lay His life down and pick it back up again. We, too, have the same power.

    EXCELLENT, Deb. This is one of your best ever. So, put on your black cap with the big yellow C on the front and head out into the sunshine for some Friday twirling with Aub. You know, if only people twirled more, the world would be a better place…that and a chocolate donut helps, too.

  12. Out of, the deep dark pit of despair comes His awesome light of discovery. He always has something to show me, to move me, to help me see Him in a new and glorious way! This says all that so simply ~ Thank you for this glimpse of everlasting hope and joy ~ Blessings

  13. I love this one Debbie! Lets hold on to that hope of His Light. You are such an instrument of His light and hope! Thanks for making yourself available to Him 🙂

  14. “Let us then as Christians rejoice that we see around us on every hand the decay of the institutions and instruments of power, see intimations of empires falling to pieces, money in total disarray, dictators and parliamentarians alike nonplussed by the confusion and conflicts which encompass them. For it is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting, when every possibility of help from earthly sources has been sought and is not forthcoming, when every recourse this world offers, moral as well as material, has been explored to no effect . . . and in the gathering darkness every glimmer of light has finally flickered out, it’s then that Christ’s hand reaches out sure and firm. Then Christ’s words bring inexpressible comfort, then his light shines brightest, abolishing the darkness forever.”

    Malcolm Muggeridge, The End of Christendom (Grand Rapids, 1980), page 56.

  15. Lovely! Thank you.

  16. Very profound, that truth – reminds me of Laura Story’s wonderful song called “Blessings”. You speak it so simply and reverently – it can soak in all the better, tat way! 😉

  17. I love this, Sis . .that you knew nothing else but that He WOULD bring you through .. and that is Huge. 🙂 Wonderful testimony and what a light in the darkness YOU are! Thank you and God bless you bunches tonight! Love from your family a few cubicles over!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon with us, Robert .. .and your thoughts about the conflict within of noisy thought and despair. So true, without Jesus .. at least it was like that for me! God bless you as you hope in Him today!

  19. It reminds me of “all things are possible”, Ali! Even our night can be like day. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your love of Jesus with us and God bless you bunches!

  20. 🙂 I loved how you got to thinking about those guards getting scared, if light was showing around the edges. And then they weren’t suppose to leave their post. . .argh! haha!
    God bless you, Mr. Ben , as you shine on!

  21. Just imagining, Keith! Thanks for thinking about it with me! And God bless you!

  22. Thank you and God bless you today!

  23. Thank you, Teach! And God bless your praises!

  24. Oh Ali .. .Son-blinded is a wonderful way to put it .. look at it! Thank you for sharing with us and blessing us! God bless you!

  25. We need comfort most days, Terry! Thank you and God bless you and be your constant help! I will be snail mailing you something soon . .. 🙂

  26. Thank you for sharing that, Wendy! Now to hang onto it when it gets dark again! God bless you and yours with much light!

  27. I just read a devotion today, about how if we could only look at the dark clouds of our trials from the same angle God does, they would look glorious. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your faith and experiences with us, Mr. Larry. It helps so much!!! God bless you and Mrs. Who this weekend. Praying they get to your work order soon!
    p.s. we did indeed do some twirling today, with donuts afterwards, and added bubble blowing into the mix as well. 🙂

  28. I loved the “light of discovery” Deborah! 🙂 That is what your poems are for us .. .lights of discovery! Thank you and God bless you with even more hope and joy!

  29. Thank you, Heidi, for encouraging us! I love how you take walks with Him and bring us back such beautiful offerings of His light and hope too! God bless you and yours always!!

  30. Wonderful quote from Malcolm Muggeridge, Ike! Thanks, as always, for sharing and adding to the conversation here! God bless you!

  31. Thank you Greisy, and God bless! Your photos are stunning!

  32. I love that Laura Story song, Melody! 🙂 Thanks for showing me the connection! God bless you and soak you in His Light!

  33. I’m shooting you paper jets!

  34. Hahaha! And they have poems on them!! Love you!

  35. Christ truly is the LIght of the World! Thanks for sharing this wonderful truth in such a very understandable way. Lord bless you Debbie,

  36. you caress us with light. xo

  37. Lovely poem and thoughts. It is in the darkest dark that the Light shines the brightest. I just wrote about His beautiful Light last week. He’s got many thinking on it I see.

  38. Thank you for sharing His Light, Pastor Rob! God bless you too!

  39. You say the most beautiful things, Debbie! Thank you and God bless you with abundant light!

  40. I love it when we have posts on something similar, by His doing! Thank you, Heather and God bless you and yours!

  41. Oh Deb, This one is so special. This chapter of the Psalms is my favorite, and you captured something so beautiful. I have always focused on the fact that we are not hidden from His view, but you found something greater still…His light never goes out!

    Love,
    Theresa

  42. What I meant was the “life” never goes out.

    “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning with God.

    3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4

  43. I love how you put it, Theresa .. that His Light / life never goes out! Psalm 139 is packed with so so much . . .I tried to challenge myself and not go for something that I usually cling to in that Psalm. Thank you for your insights, wonderful woman of the Word! love you and God bless you!

  44. Beautiful, Theresa! That says it exactly, doesn’t it? Thank you so much and God bless you with His life and light!

  45. No doubt about it, Debbie – God-inspired words again!

    When I look back on my many years, I can very easily determine that my ‘darkest’ days resulted in the biggest ‘growth’ – the most active times of divine intervention and remodelling.

    Yes, the Master Builder continues His work, and uses the times we flounder to teach us His biggest lessons.

  46. What a thought Deb. My darkest hours hours the most divine. That is powerful and thought provoking

  47. Thank you for that confirmation, mentor Angela! It helps to know others experience this, when I’m floundering. God bless you as He continues to grow you, even in the dark!

  48. Thank you for thinking along with me, Pastor J! God bless all your hours spent with Him!

  49. isn’t it irony that jesus’ darkest hours is the beginning of our salvation?

  50. Oh, I LOVE this – “I wonder if the tomb shown bright once it was sealed tight”

  51. It sure is, Z. It helps me to rethink my own dark hours! God bless you and thanks for the comment!

  52. 🙂 We can wonder, can’t we? Thank you and God bless you all the time!!

  53. I wonder, too, especially recentlly, if the darkest times are the most “divine” as you say.

  54. Thank you for stopping by and wondering with me! God bless you and yours!!

  55. And may He bless you and yours!


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