"You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend." (Psalm 88:18, NIV)
Many have been there; many are there. But you and I know Who is Our, "closest friend."
"....darkness is my closet friend." I felt this way at a period in my life. Sometimes it tries to come back. I can honestly say, however, that it is not my strength which overcomes that, "darkness". It is simply and powerfully the "Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ."
What about you today? Does it seem as though, "....darkness is my closest friend," to you? The promise of our Lord Jesus Christ to all who trust Him is that you and I have, "....the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God...." And when is seems as though, "....darkness is my closest friend", we need not fear. The power to overcome that, "darkness" is in such promises, "For it is the God Who commanded light to shine out of darkness, Who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
So to you and me today, when it seems that only, "....darkness is my closest friend," then, as always, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His Wonderful Face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace." The song is just another way to continually remind us of the Biblical injunction for total-victory living, "Looking unto Jesus."
Father, in Jesus' Name, I confess that, as you said to Pilate, "You could have no power at all...unless it had been given you from above," so with me. Amen.
~ Pastor Woody Barnette