I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search. (Ps 77:6)
The psalmist ransacked his knowledge, his memory, his intelligence—his whole nature, and his entire soul, either to find comfort or to recall the songs of praise that he remembered singing in past times unto the Lord. He was recalling his songs of praise, making a diligent search for them in his heart.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me—a prayer to the God of my life. (Ps 42:8)
The psalmist is trusting in the mercy of God. His song in the night is a song of praise to God for His salvation and goodness. It’s a remembrance of all the good things that God has done for him.
You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. (Isa 30:29)
In this Bible verse, the prophet reminds the people that the song in the night arises due to gladness of heart, such as the joyous sound of a flute, when praising God and approaching Him in worship. A wakeful, unsettled night may be relieved with a heartfelt song in the night.
At such times, it’s good for us to remember the Lord, and to know that we need Him. When troubles, trials, or pains assail us in the night, keeping us awake and in anguish, it is the time to allow the Holy Spirit to instruct us. It’s a time to feed upon and meditate upon the Word of God—which has the power to comfort us and to teach us.
This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life. (Ps 119:50, emphasis added)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Rom 15:4, emphasis added)
Permit a song in the night and the comfort of God’s Word to minister to your heart when illness, turmoil, or anxieties assail you and attack your sleep. God’s loving plan for you is that you have peaceful sleep.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Ps 4:8)
. . . For so He gives His beloved sleep. (Ps 127:2)