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 35:9,10,11 NIV).
Elihu is speaking here. He is pointing out the fact that men cry out when they are oppressed. They want to get relief from their powerful oppressors. But he is surprised that no one cries out to God.
Here is a simple truth. Crying out for relief is not enough. The cries should be directed to the Person who can answer it; for God alone can deliver us.
Here it is pointed out that God gives songs in the night. If you are passing through distressing times, cry out to God. And you shall experience the songs that God gives in the night. The night may be really dark. You may not even have the desire to look up and see the stars shining in the sky.
Yet you will be given the melodies that you may never have heard before. These songs are God’s special messengers to you; to give you relief and hope.
These songs are given by God the Maker who created both man and beasts; and the birds of the air. Yet He does not teach them such special lessons as the songs in the night. He uses them to make us wiser in life. He teaches them to us when we cry out to Him.
These songs in the night remain with us long after the night is gone. They help us not to lose courage when the little boat of life is rocked by the waves. These songs in the night are like lights on the shore that cheers the sailor’s heart at night!