Any man can sing in the day.
It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by the daylight, but he is skillful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by – who is forced to sing from the heart. No man can make a song in the night of himself, he may attempt, but he will find that the song in the night must be divinely inspired. Let things go well, I can weave songs, fashioning them wherever I go. But:
Silence my tongue, lay me upon the bed of languishing, and how shall I then chant God’s high praises, unless He Himself gives me the song? It is not in man’s power to sing when all is adverse, unless God gives the song.
Since our Maker gives songs in the night, let us wait upon Him for the music.
From: Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon