“People 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 us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’ (Job 35:9-11, NIV)
The Bible verse above speaks to the struggles that people go through while often ignoring God, the One who is not only able to help them, but who has set them apart from animals by making them capable of higher reasoning. God, by this, already showed His willingness to help us in our times of need.
Everyone wants relief and deliverance from oppression and injustice. But not everyone calls on God. In crisis, we need to form a habit of calling out to God in faith, not just crying out in pain. And when we call out to him, we must do so with expectation, knowing that God changes our lives by first changing our hearts. This is why He gives songs in the night.
The purpose of a song is to shift our attention from our afflictions and troubles to His power and glory. When we look to God, he reminds us through His songs, new or old, that He is still the One that holds all things in His power. As we sing the songs of the Lord, they cause faith and joy to spring up in our hearts. And then we see Him bring His power to bear on our situation.
Whether during literal night time or figurative night seasons of life, God gives songs in the night. Under the cover of darkness, when people lie on their beds and reflect on their lives, when their burdens overwhelm them and they are likely to shed silent lonely tears, God gives songs to His people. And those who sing the songs of the Lord experience His intervention in their situation.