|The Long Dark Night
Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
|Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
Psalm 42:1-3,11 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? Why art though cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? hope though in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Have you ever been in the place in your Christian life where you’ve become despondent, distant or depressed? You seem to be walking through a long dark alley in the black of night. You hear the cry of a cat and the clang, bang of a trashcan. Shadowy figures seem to be lurking in the dark recesses, and you can almost feel the breath of Satan on the back of your neck, whispering in your ear, “Christian, Christian, where is your God now?”
And yet you can still remember the time when you confessed and repented of your sins, gave yourself to God and asked Jesus to come into your heart. That seems so long ago now. Yet you remember the joy, the feeling of freshness and renewal as your sins were washed away and you were given new life, by his precious blood.
Every single Christian has gone through those long dark nights in their life; just like our Psalmist. Some of these nights are relatively short and some seem to go on and on. To the point that you begin to wonder if they will ever end.
In the back of your mind though, in the deepest recesses of your heart, you know that your hope is in God, you know that you can trust in Him. You know that He will never leave you or forsake you. You know, just as our Psalmist knew, that one day, once again, the praise of God, the health that the Holy Spirit brought to your soul, that close relationship with Jesus will return.
The answer to our dilemma of course is in our text. If we continue to hope in God and actively seek His presence, He is gracious and merciful to grant us our heart’s desire; the restoration of our relationship with him and an end to our long dark night.
Chaplain Lambert is available for Church Consulting and Coaching, Church Growth Seminars, Evangelistic Outreach, and Christian Concerts.
Chaplain Russell C. Lambert is the President of Life Passage Ministries, a church consulting and church health non-profit organization, an ordained Baptist Minister, a licensed Non-Denominational Chaplain and certified Police Chaplain. His ministry over the years has included virtually every facet, with highlights of five Pastorates, a Church Planter, Police Chaplain, Community Chaplain, and Worship Leader, serving in Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. He is considered a well-rounded vocalist, having performed in the professional arena for three years. He has also served 15 years in Corrections and Law Enforcement, from Officer through Lieutenant with stints as a Tactical Support Unit member, Academy Instructor, and Police Firearms Instructor. He participates in many areas of community involvement.