Songs in the night

-Written by Anna & Katy

“I tell you, we may preach 50,000 sermons to prove the Gospel, but we shall not prove it half so well as you will through singing in the night.” (Charles Spurgeon, “Songs in the Night”)

The Psalmist and book of Job both mention the fact that God gives ‘songs in the night’. (Psalm 42:8; Psalm 77:6; Job 35:10) Several times in the last few weeks Mom has shared with me songs or verses that the Lord has given her in the night. Even now that we are home nights are often when fatigue, anxiety and discouragement settle in. But God promises us ‘songs in the night.’

Weeks ago I created a playlist for Mom to listen to as she goes to sleep and often throughout the night as we rarely sleep straight through. While she is the first to admit she does not always feel like singing, she also admits her feelings and her welfare do not change certain realities or alter certain truths! We have been amazed through this whole experience how many times God has given us a song (usually in the darkness of night) to remind us of His unchanging character even when no two days are the same.

Mom asked me to share some of these songs with you. May they speak truth to each one of us and remind us that we serve a God who gives us songs in the night but also commands the sun to rise each morning and with each sunrise He brings new mercies! Great is His faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:22-23)

How can I keep from singing?

I lift my hands

All the way my Savior leads me

Let it be Jesus

When trials come

It is well



27 thoughts on “Songs in the night

  1. ‘How can I keep from singing’ was a very special song for our family over the war years and then after Tom’s death. God does indeed give beautiful songs in the night.

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  2. How timely this is! I was just thinking ONE HOUR AGO how tempting it is to succumb to doubt and worry in the middle of the night. I remarked to someone a couple of months ago that I have a good bit of faith– until 3 a.m. Thank you and thank your mom. I’ll share with Elizabeth.


  3. To my Key Family, Just received your email and appreciate your sharing how preciously near Jesus is to you and giving you songs in the night! How wonderful He never slumbers nor sleeps, but keeps watch night and day. Praise His Name.

    I will be glad to send the story to you of how they came to be written,n – “It Is Well” which you probably know, and Fanny Crosby’s “All The Way My Savior Leads Me”. You are never far from my thoughts and earnestly keeping you all lifted to Him in prayer. How I love you and would love and have “Precious memories, how they linger, and how they ever flood my soul” Camille

    On Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 9:29 PM, Journey with Katy wrote:

    > lizlind posted: “-Written by Anna & Katy “I tell you, we may preach 50,000 > sermons to prove the Gospel, but we shall not prove it half so well as you > will through singing in the night.” (Charles Spurgeon, “Songs in the > Night”) The Psalmist and book of Job both menti” >


  4. Thank you Katy ,you are certainly living the words to these songs,Praise God for the tools he gives us to remind us of His love. Thanks so much for sharing these songs &your desire to share. What a gift ❤️ Pat Emery.


  5. Thanks for is always one of my greatest comforts…and yet, I can only imagine how difficult this is for all of you to make the needed transitions to all the changes in your life…I am so sorry in all human terms but grateful that you can receive songs even in the ruth


  6. Dear Anna & Katy,
    Thank you for sharing these songs. What a blessing they are! I am also often awake in the middle of the night. The darkness is a place where our fears, pain, discouragement can often make an un-welcome appearance. However, God is there too! These songs and your words are an important reminder of His presence with us and His care for us. I will continue to pray for you, especially when I am awake in the middle of the night. Joy does come in the morning. Blessings and prayers to all of you!


  7. Wow. What a blessing to me in the midst of your struggles. May my heart also sing songs today. Praying always for you.


  8. What a blessing is Christian music – may God continue to minister to you through songs, hymns, and spiritual songs.


  9. Our God and the universe He created are so complex and beautiful. I get great joy and comfort from music, as I marvel at the fact that God included music in His world — and put it into our hearts as a special blessing. As a fairly new Christian I discovered Genesis 4:21 and realized that from the very beginning (Genesis 4!!!!), music existed. God gave it to us His children from the first creation. After prayer and Christian fellowship, music is my greatest blessing.
    I love you, and continue to pray.


  10. Thanks, Liz, for posting this list of songs. I have passed it on to another loved one who is enduring a severe medical trial of a different sort. May this music lift her up as it has Katy. Thank you for continuing to share how you are all faring so we know how to pray for you specifically.


  11. Key family,
    Snook and I celebrate each new step you take on your road to recovery. We serve a faithful God. My song has become “You are the God that Healeth Me”. We send love. Shep


  12. I LOVE this list of songs for in the night. Here is a gospel song, my Dad sang in much the same circumstances. “You can have a song in your heart in the night, after every trial, after every mile. Anyone can sing when the sun shining bright, but it takes a song in your heart at night”.Then, my kids (young at the time) would later in his life sang, “Jesus will give you a song. Everybody sing…Songs in the morning, songs in the night, songs of devotion and songs of delight. Melody ringing, in my heart singing, Jesus gives me a song. Jesus gives me a song.” Then, we would all sing, “There’s within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low. Fear NOT, I am with thee, peace be still, in all life’s ebb and flow. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know. Fills my every longing and keeps me singing as I go.” Katy, please know that we ALSO wake up with songs in the night for you and want you to remember how much we love you and your family and how often we plead with God on your behalf, to give you all you need to keep that song in your heart, After all, like Peter and my husband says, “Where else can we turn? Jesus, you alone, have the words of eternal life”


  13. Thanks! Thanks, THANKS! Thanks for sharing the “Songs in the Night!” What an ENCOURAGEMENT !!! Thanks. Mary

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  14. Katy, Stan and Anna,

    Finally I am writing to tell you that we have been praying regularly for you as we have followed your progress from the very beginning through your blogs. Thank you for sharing from your hearts. We are so sorry the simple surgery brought such a long-lasting complication and do not understand the “why’s” of all that. But we trust with you that God is working it together for good for you and all involved. We rejoice in the steps of progress and it is so great you were able to worship together on Easter!

    I want to share a couple “song stories” of my own to yours.

    When I walk our dog Suzie in the mornings at Tenwek, since January 2015, I often sing the song, Sovreign, by Chris Tomlin. I use the time to pray for those going through difficult times which seem so dark. So when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last June, that song became even more dear. And God really did carry me through that time. I am thankful to be well. Now, as I sing it in the mornings, I pray for you, and pray for one family at Tenwek who has gone through so much. The lines, “in your everlasting arms, all the pieces of my life, from beginning to the end, I can trust you… in your never-failing love You work everything for good; God, whatever comes my way, I will trust You….” The rest of the song is really good, too.

    My kids helped me put together a playlist of about 20 songs I chose on a day of celebration with the Lord I had after my first surgery, finding no lymph node involvement, etc. I have thought many times of sending the list to you. Anyway, one I put on the list that is so good is Desert Song, by Hillsong United. When I woke up from my first surgery, finding out it had gone longer than I thought so I immediately thought the cancer must have spread, the chorus went over and over in my sleepy anesthesia-affected mind. Here’s the whole song, but it was the bridge which I have highlighted, that kept going through my head.

    “Desert Song”

    [Verse 1:] This is my prayer in the desert When all that’s within me feels dry This is my prayer in my hunger and need My God is the God who provides

    [Verse 2:] And this is my prayer in the fire In weakness or trial or pain There is a faith proved Of more worth than gold So refine me, Lord, through the flame

    [Chorus:] And I will bring praise I will bring praise No weapon formed against me shall remain I will rejoice I will declare God is my victory and He is here

    [Verse 3:] And this is my prayer in the battle When triumph is still on its way I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ So firm on His promise I’ll stand

    [Chorus:] And I will bring praise I will bring praise No weapon formed against me shall remain I will rejoice I will declare God is my victory and He is here

    [Bridge 4x:] All of my life In every season You are still God I have a reason to sing I have a reason to worship

    [Chorus 2x:] And I will bring praise I will bring praise No weapon formed against me shall remain I will rejoice I will declare God is my victory and He is here

    [Verse 4:] This is my prayer in the harvest When favor and providence flow I know I’m filled to be emptied again The seed I’ve received I will sow

    I know your faith is being refined through the fire. You have had many triumphs along the way. May the Lord bring complete healing in His time and way!

    We love you and miss you! We are at the Greek CMDA conference, preceded by a four-day bus trip, “In the Footsteps of the Apostles”. Fantastic time, especially because our son, Joel was with us. We were all challenged and inspired by seeing the sites at Philippi, Berea, Thessaloniki and Athens.

    Know that each time we gather as a group of any of the Tenwek or WGM Kenya folks, and prayer is a prat of the program, you are being prayed for, besides in our individual families. God is great and He is good.

    With love and hugs,

    Linda for John, too


  15. The simplicity of a song soothes us.
    Thank you for sharing .
    This song was directed to me during my husband’s trial with a brain tumor.
    He passed three months after his diagnosis.
    Job 35:10 Where is God my Creator,
    the one who gives songs in the night?
    We know the ONE who sings over us, especially in the night!


  16. Thank you for sharing! I take care of a person who struggles with the same issues at night. She was very anxious in the middle of last night. I just passed this e-mail with songs on to her. God is amazing. I pray these songs minister to her, like they do you, Katy! I will continue to pray for you and all who help in caring for you.


  17. Appreciate your sharing again today. I love knowing how all of you are doing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. When I wake up in the middle of the night I often pray for your mom. You are loved.


  18. To the Key family, thank you for your updates on Katy. You are in my thoughts and prayers often. It has been such a blessing that in the midst of your difficult journey, how all of you have continued to trust and rest in Jesus. What a testimony to all of us who know and love you. Lives have been touched and impacted by your indescribable witness. Know you are loved by many and embraced by the precious arms of Jesus.


  19. You have blessed us through your journey of recent trials! Your list of songs touching all of us that received them! I was up most of last night with a health issue and this ministered to me! Wow! Katy, you are an amazing overcomer in the hands of Jesus! We praise God for His love and gentleness with you and we trust Him for your healing. Love you! Praying!


  20. These songs you shared with us are precious! Thank you, dear Katy, pastor Stan, Anna for the encouragements! Praying for a miracle, His healing, His power, grace and mercy through these trials. You are blessing at any time. Love you!

    Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
    Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and z forget not all his benefits,
    who a forgives all your iniquity,
    who b heals all your diseases,
    who c redeems your life from the pit,
    who d crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    who e satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like f the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5).

    With much love and hugs,


  21. Thank you, dear Ladies, for sharing these songs with us! How great and precious indeed are God’s promises, and how gracious He is to give us “songs in the night” to comfort our fragile hearts and remind us of His love, strength and immeasurable grace. We are praying for you all. Lots of love ❤


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