By Day and By Night

from Lynda Lindsey

By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me—-a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8

God’s provision to the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land: By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:21-22

Dry. Thirsty. Parched. The earth, as well as our own souls, can be described as parched. Deep cracks or fissures in the earth demonstrate lack of rain, rendering the land incapable of sustaining life. Our own soul, our inner core, can also become parched, robbing us of vitality and plunging us into depression to the extent that we can hardly remember joyous times. We’ve all been there. Or we will eventually be there. 

The Psalmist is familiar with depression, tears, a soul downcast and disturbed. He has experienced the enemy’s taunts, discouragement and feeling alienated from and forgotten by God. And yet. And yet. The Psalmist chooses to put his hope in God. He chooses to praise God. He chooses to remember and to rehearse all God’s goodness and kindness. Day by day. And night by night. 

God, our hope, Savior, and Rock goes before us by day and by night. He never leaves us, never forsakes us. He is always and eternally good. He is light and life. He loves us with an everlasting love. He feeds us and slakes our thirst. When we awaken in the night He gives us songs to sing. Downcast we may be. Depressed we may be. And yet. And yet. Just as God led His people in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night through the dry, parched desert, so will He lead us. Put your hope in God, for we will yet praise Him, our Savior and our God.