This week’s notes have the title ‘Songs in the Dark’. The nightingale is one of the most romantic and poetic birds because it sings in the dark – you rarely see a nightingale but sometimes you hear it. God’s people have often “sung in the dark” – sometimes when God has delivered them and sometimes before he has come to their rescue – perhaps we should be encouraged to sing and worship during this crisis – to point to the love of God and his sure deliverance.
Psalm 101:1 NIV
 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
Exodus 15:1-2 NIV
 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.  “The Lord is my strength and my defence ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
I will sing…..this is a determined statement of intent! Come what may I will sing to the God who is our rock and our deliverer. God delights in the praises of his people – not because they sound beautiful (although so often, they do!) but because praise comes from grateful hearts that acknowledge him. In this challenging time let us lift our hearts and voices to our great and compassionate God and acknowledge his help and strength.
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
(Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm)