Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
26 August 2013
"With my soul have I desired thee in the night."—Isaiah 26:9.
Night appears to be a time peculiarly favorable to devotion.
Its solemn stillness helps to free the mind from the perpetual sin which the cares of the world will bring about;
• The stars looking down/heaven upon us shine as if they would attract us up to God.
• I don’t know how you are affected by the solemnities of the night, but I have sat alone reflecting on the mighty universe.
• I have felt that indeed I could worship him;
• for night seems to be the a very temple for adoration
When I consider the heavens, the work of Gods’ fingers, the moon and the stars which He has ordained; what is man, that God is mindful of him?
Even with the most irreligious person,
• a man farthest from any spiritual thought
• It seems there is some power in the grandeur and stillness of night to draw him up to God.
I trust many of us can say, like David, "I have thought upon thee continually, I have thought upon thy name in the night, and with desire have I desired thee in the night."
But I leave that thought altogether.
• I address myself to two orders of persons
• I endeavor to show what I conceive to be the meaning of the text.
• May God make it useful to you?
First, I shall speak to confirmed Christians; Second, I shall speak to newly awakened souls
Prayerfully, we will say, “With my soul have I desired thee in the night."
I. The first fact I shall draw out is to the confirmed believer
• I’m sure we can admit wholeheartedly:
• The Christian is not always the bright shining sun!
• We have seasons of darkness and of night.
Many have rejoiced/presence of God for a season
• Basked in the sunshine God/pleased/give us.
• Walked along “green pastures”
• By the side of the “still waters”
Then suddenly/month or two/find that glorious sky is clouded
• Instead green pastures/tread the sandy desert.
• Instead still waters/find streams blackish to our taste
• Streams bitter to our spirits.
The best of God's saints have their nights; the dearest of his children have to walk through a wilderness. Take heart!
There is not a Christian, who has enjoyed perpetual happiness,
• No believer/always/sings/song of joy.
• Hey, you can’t always see the same star at night!
• Not every Christian is always happy.
Perhaps/God/gave you/season/great joy at first because you were a raw recruit.
• God didn’t want to put you in roughest part of the battle when you first enlisted!
• You were a tender plant
• He wanted to nurse you before you went into the heat.
But when you become strong the case is different.
• He expects you to make provisions now.
• He expects you to call upon him for strength.
We need clouds and darkness to exercise our faith, to cut off self dependence, and make us put more faith in Christ